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Analysis of timeframes for the development of policy statements and plans under the Resource Management Act 1991

Publication date:  December 2008
Publication reference number:  CR 143

This report, prepared by Brown and Pemberton Planning Group Limited, updates previous research on the timeframes for developing policy statements and plans under the Resource Management Act (RMA). Specifically it sets out better understanding of the time taken to develop RMA plans, broken up into the various key stages of plan development (ie, from public notification stage, pre-hearing stage, hearing stage, council decision stage, and post decision/appeals stage). One significant finding from the report was the disproportionate length of time it takes to complete the final stage of plan preparation following the release of council decisions.