The Government today introduced the Resource Management Reform Bill, an omnibus Bill including the Resource Management Amendment Bill, Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Bill.
This long awaited Bill, many aspects of which have been widely publicised, is designed to precede wider reforms and "delivers some fast, discrete improvements to the consenting regime, provides for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provides further powers to make regulations, and makes technical operational changes."
The objectives of the Bill are to:
- Further streamline the resource consent regime (in particular to introduce the 6-month consenting timeframe for medium-sized projects)
- Streamline the delivery of Auckland's first combined plan
- Improve the quality of local decision-making (in particular greater emphasis on quantitative assessment of costs and benefits and ensuring decisions are based on adequate, relevant and robust evidence and analysis)
- Improve the workability of the RMA through minor and technical amendments (including amendments to the proposals of national significance process and tree protection rules).
A copy of the Bill can be found here.