Welcome to our bite sized blog series about recent changes to the RMA and what they mean for Regular People. Some of the RMA changes address resource consent issues to make them easier and cheaper for people to deal with, and today’s buzzword is “Electronic Information Delivery”.
The council I (Jen) used to work at was probably a fire hazard, with paper copies of All The Things stored on site. We posted out tonnes of documents, but emailed each other (That image isn't me... I don't wear suits).
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.
RMA processes tend to be heavy on the paperwork. In a step that shows that government legislation can indeed move with the times, in October 2017 some RMA changes to section 2AB and section 352 are moving away from hard copies of everything, and moving toward the wonders of online communication.
Now, when you make a submission on a plan change or resource consent, all the documents you need will be emailed to you. When you’re keen to keep up with your council’s District Plan review, you’ll need to keep an eye on their website as this will be the key place where they will display their information. We're all for this change to faster, more modern council communications.
Online communications. We’re digging it. How about you?