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?
25 March 2014
Section 32 of the Resource Management Act provides a process for the critical evaluation of planning policy and proposals. Lucy Cooper examines whether the recent changes to s32 will improve the quality of s32 evaluations and the basis upon which we develop planning policy in New Zealand:
The amendments to s32 of the Resource Management Act that were introduced recently are designed to address both procedural issues – i.e. how to do a s32 evaluation – and improve the evidential basis upon which policy development and ultimately planning decisions are made. Accompanying the changes is the Ministry for the Environment’s (MfE) interim GUIDE TO SECTION 32 OF THE RMA, a 95-page document that provides a step-by-step manual to the s32 evaluation process, from scoping and project managing the evaluation right through to the publication of the report.