Draft National Planning Standards have been formally notified by the Ministry for the Environment.
They will have a huge impact on how plans are prepared and used by our communities. Any efforts to improve and rationalise the plan-making process are likely to be welcomed by planning practitioners, developers, NGOs and community groups. But are there potential downsides?
What's the big deal about planning standards, and what have our planning experts uncovered so far?
I’ve been reflecting on how to better represent Māori Cultural Values in planning following a recent Te Tau-a-Nuku / Nga Aho Māori Cultural Landscape Hui that I attended.
The hui focused on the Te Aranga Māori Cultural Landscape Principles: Mana, Whakapapa, Mauri Tu, Taiao, Mahi Toi, Tohu and Ahi Kā. While there are many principles of Tikanga Māori that can be applied to our work, I could see a lot of our projects at Perception Planning already meeting the Te Aranga principles.
I thought that this could be a good time to discuss how Te Aranga principles are being applied to planning. What are they? What are we at Perception Planning doing? What are others doing? What opportunities are there to do more? If you are working in the space of applying Te Aranga Principles to planning work, we would love to hear more examples and get more discussion going.
The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA) was adopted by the New Zealand government in April 2017. It contains changes to 5 different Acts, one of which is the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Some of the changes to the RMA happened immediately, and others will go live in October 2017.
Next week's bite sized RMA blog post is about resource consent applications and how councils decide to notify them. So today we'll chat about what an activity status is, and how public notification of resource consents is changing.