Hearings on plan-making processes

This page reports on the occurrence and length of local authority hearings for plan-making processes started, underway or completed in 2014/15. 

RMA requirements

Schedule 1 of the RMA requires a local authority to hold a hearing into submissions on plan-making processes. This provides an opportunity for submitters to explain and present evidence in support of their submissions to the local authority’s decision-maker/s. If no person wishes to be heard in support of their submission the local authority is not required to hold a hearing.


Hearings were held and completed for 198 plan-making processes:

  • the longest hearing was 80 days (a new combined regional policy statement and regional plan)
  • hearings as part of the development of new proposed plans took significantly longer than hearings for other plan-making processes (See Figure 1 below).

Download the complete dataset for plan-making [Excel, 545 KB].

Figure 1: Median length of hearings completed in 2014/15, by plan-making process type


Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15

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Note: Combined planning documents – proposed plan (new) has been excluded from the above figure as there was insufficient data available to calculate a median.

Limitations and local authority practices

  • Due to the differing nature of previous survey data, no meaningful comparisons between current and previous data can be made.
  • One local authority did not provide data on the preparation of policy statements and plans, changes and variations.

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see the following section of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Schedule 1 of the RMA