Plan-making processes

This page reports on the preparation of policy statements and plans, and changes and variations started, underway or completed in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

RMA requirements

The processes for local authorities to prepare and change operative and proposed regional policy statements, and regional and district plans are prescribed in the RMA. A variation is a change to a proposed new plan, or a proposed change to an existing plan. Plan changes and variations can be initiated by the local authority or by private request.

When initiated by private request they must either be:

  • accepted (processed by the local authority but paid for privately), or
  • adopted by the local authority (taken on and processed by the local authority).

Plan-making processes — overview

 

2014/15

2015/16

Number of planning processes completed

113

71

Number of processes that were either initiated or continued, but not completed

242

212

Percentage of planning processes that were council initiated

86%

87%

Percentage of planning processes that were privately requested

13%

8%

Number of new plans being worked on by councils

31

26

Number of councils working on new plans

25

21

Number of changes to plans

293

277

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see Schedule 1 of the RMA on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
14/12/17