One of the RLAA changes kicking off on 18 October 2017 is that resource consents for controlled activities can be processed in 10 working days - rather than the 20 working days required now. Check out section 87AAC of the RLAA for the policy details if you're keen. We'll wait.
Controlled activities are ones that need to go through a resource consent process so the council can make sure they follow certain parameters (e.g. have a bit of control), but they are always granted. Depending on the district plan, examples could be things like papakāinga housing projects, or relocating a dwelling*.
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.
Faster in the future?
- If you were applying for a controlled resource consent, why might you ask for it NOT to be fast tracked?
- If you are a council planner, what can you do to make sure you can go faster and meet the 10 working day requirement? Especially since going over time could mean refunding a percentage of the application fee...
Chocolate fish if you share some creative ideas!