A lot has been going on in the RMA space lately.
The government recently made a bunch of changes to the RMA to make it less complicated. We'd like to chat with you about some of those changes. What are they? What do they mean on the ground? We've put together a summary document of the more significant changes if you want to dive right in:
15 March 2016
The Government is proposing some pretty fundamental changes to the Resource Management Act with its Resource Legislation Bill. Submissions just closed on this Bill and since then there has been a bit of media, much of it pointing out how the Bill proposes to limit public participation in resource management processes and decision making.
There are concerns the Department of Conservation won’t be able to do their job of advocating for conservation - and we think this proposed amendment will limit the ability of other public good organisations, including community groups to make submissions and be involved in environmental decision making processes.
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.
10 July 2013
With the announcement of the formation of Crown Irrigation Investments Limited by Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy (‘IRRIGATION INVESTMENT COMPANY ESTABLISHED’ Beehive press release, 1 July 2013), the government has unashamedly put in place the machinery to tilt the regional planning playing field firmly in favour of economic development.
16 October 2012
I met a lovely man on the train while travelling home from meetings in Wellington the other night. His name is Glyn and he has spent a lifetime trout fishing the rivers of New Zealand. Glyn started up our conversation when I sat down next to him. He said he was happy to get home from his trip to Australia and see some sheep, instead of all those dairy cows. Dairy cows, he told me, are mucking up ‘his’ rivers for fishing. Glyn told me about the many many years he has spent fishing, and the change he said he has seen to those rivers over that time.