Minister's media release:
The need for reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) is highlighted by today’s release of the National Monitoring System data, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
“This monitoring report highlights how slow our planning system is, with the average time for a council plan taking more than eight years and for a council plan change four years. This cumbersome process means councils cannot respond to changing society needs such as the sharp shift in housing demand from the lull of 2010 to the boom of 2015. It is crucial to resolving issues like housing that we have a far more responsive planning system. The Government’s second phase of RMA reform, currently before Parliament, provides the option for councils to adopt a streamlined planning process which will enable councils to achieve plan changes in six months.