As previously forecast and discussed and postulated, the RM Act 1991 appears to be finally within the headlights of government "review". Stuff: 24-July-2019
Even though this report largely focus's on changing the Act to "increase affordable housing development", any changes (no doubt) will extend into many other facets of the Act, and so impact on the things that "we" do or are involved in.
Thus, Surveyors will need to maintain a watch on the process.
Prepare for rounds of discussion, consultation, feedback, submissions, and industry seminars and workshops in order to keep abreast of RM Act change developments....
Will a revamped RMA provide the necessary checks and balances needed for a post-covid economic recovery that doesn't harm the environment?
Newly announced changes to the Resource Management Act would do away with council and public input, and instead see projects approved by expert panels, chaired by a current or retired Environment Court judge or senior lawyer.
The new legislation is expected to be passed in June, but repealed in two year.
An Update: The Resource Management Act, one of New Zealand’s most controversial laws, looks set to be scrapped and replaced with two separate pieces of legislation to streamline development.
That’s the advice of a Government group appointed by Environment Minister David Parker to look at the RMA. It was charged with working out a way to make our resource management laws encourage development while protecting the environment, and fostering engagement with Māori.
The report recommends repealing the RMA and replacing it with two different laws: a Natural and Built Environments Act (NBEA) and a Strategic Planning Act (SPA). Read more: Stuff - National: 29-July-2020