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Making the RMA great again? Resource Legislation Amendment Act introduces changes to planning and consenting processes.
This week, I jointly presented a webinar on behalf of the Auckland District Law Society about changes to the RMA under the Resource Legislation Amendment Act.  These include a number of novel concepts, including:
  • The concept of "deemed permitted activities", for boundary activities and temporary or marginal non-compliances.
  • Major changes to the notification provisions of the Act, which preclude notification in most cases for subdivision, "residential activities" and "boundary activities".
  • Limitations on Environment Court appeals, both for the applicant and submitters (if any).
  • Introduction of the new "National Planning Standards".
  • New concepts of "Collaborative Process" and "Streamlined Planning Process" for new planning instruments, with limitations on participation and reduction in control on the part of the Council.
  • Mana Whakahono a Rohe - Iwi Participation Arrangements.
These changes raise a range of issues, and give rise to both opportunities for applicants and potential problems for persons wishing to engage in consenting and planning processes.

The slides presented, and our short summary paper, are available through the publications & news section of our website.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss.
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