The Ministry for the Environment has commissioned this study to better understand the current application of section 80 of the RMA.
Section 80 provides for local authorities to prepare, implement and administer combined regional and district plans. However, to date, there has been very limited uptake of combined plans and the Ministry is seeking to better understand the reasons for this.
This study has a particular focus on a case study of the Wairarapa Combined District Plan which is the one example of a combined district plan prepared under Section 80. The study outlines the governance, process, challenges, barriers, cost sharing and lessons learnt from the Wairarapa experience.