RMA reform

February 28th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Isaac Davidson at NZ Herald reports:

Each district in New Zealand will have to come up with a single planning document for development with an agreed list of definitions under proposed resource management reforms to be released this morning. …

At present, New Zealand’s 78 authorities have more than 170 planning documents for 2272 different zones or management areas. Officials noted as a comparison that Scotland, with a population of 5.2 million people, had a just 37 planning documents.

A very good comparison.

The announcement by Adams is here.

Under the current system, consenting requirements are often out of proportion- especially for those activities that have reasonably minor effects.

The proposals in the discussion document would introduce a simple 10-working-day time limit for processing straight-forward, non-notified consents accompanied by a proposed national requirement for some types of application to be processed without notification.

Good.

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10 Responses to “RMA reform”

  1. nasska (11,788 comments) says:

    The RMA was an excellent piece of legislation but few would have envisaged the way the processes have been hijacked by snail lovers & Nimbys. As the law stands it strangles progress & endangers economic development.

    The RMA has become an excuse for feather-bedding Local Authorities to do nothing at great expense. Next on the agenda for drastic overhaul should be the Privacy Act.

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  2. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    Nothing wrong with looking after the snails nasska. Fried in butter and garlic with some flat parsely sprinkled over the top.

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  3. nasska (11,788 comments) says:

    Pass DVM…..I’m reminded what a diet of escargots does for a nation. :)

    Ref: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cepct7f0stvgycj/french-army-knife.jpg

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    I note that they’re comparing New Zealand to Scotland. I would have thought that comparing New Zealand to the state of Queensland would be more appropriate, since there is an almost identical population, geographically very large in relation to its population (Queensland more so than NZ obviously), Queensland has similar “growing pains” with infrastructure and housing price bubbles whereas Scotland’s population is relatively stable, and the culture, government, legal system, legislative process, and history of Queensland is closer to that of New Zealand’s than Scotland’s is.

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  5. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Finally something useful. Will they still be in power to see it through though?

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  6. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    The RMA was pure Fascism and violates individal rights. What business is it of the state to be inferring in peoples private land use and transactions if no other parties rights are threatened?

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  7. Reid (16,632 comments) says:

    I thought this guy had a good point to make on Checkpoint the other day.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2546109/property-developer-wants-more-power-to-take-on-town-planners (5.28 mins)

    He makes a lot of sense. And if you wanted to improve the planning process, writing some of his thoughts into the legislation would probably make quite a lot of difference, in the real world. I doubt they’ll do that, but they should.

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  8. Viking2 (11,561 comments) says:

    thedavincimode (4,495) Says:
    February 28th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Nothing wrong with looking after the snails nasska. Fried in butter and garlic with some flat parsely sprinkled over the top.

    Like these fellows DVM

    http://gewius.com/albino-giant-snail-nz/

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  9. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    V2

    I don’t know what that snail think’s it’s doing there. It’s clearly not Tangata Powelliphanta.

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  10. BlairM (2,364 comments) says:

    How about NO planning at all? How about we revert back to common law to decide if neighbours are adversely affected by property development, and let the issue be handled by local Justices of the Peace? Why do we need all these bureaucrats to plan ANYTHING on land THAT THEY DO NOT OWN?!

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