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A draft guide to the collaborative planning process under the Resource Management Act 1991

Publication date:  June 2017
Publication reference number:  ME 1313

This draft guidance is for councils or participants considering, or carrying out, a collaborative planning process under Part 4, Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991. It may also be useful for councils or participants undertaking some form of collaborative decision-making under Part 1, Schedule 1.

The guide works through the steps of the collaborative planning process and sets out the requirements and the intention behind each step. It also provides links to reading material or examples of collaborative groups at each step. 

Councils considering carrying out the collaborative planning process, or transitioning an existing collaborative process to the collaborative planning process, are encouraged to contact Ministry for the Environment. We can provide advice on the process, tailored for a council’s specific requirements. We will provide one or more ‘collaborative mentors’ to be a point of contact over time, including a practitioner with direct experience in a collaborative process.

There is separate guidance, specifically for where designations, heritage orders, or notices of requirement are to be addressed through a collaborative planning process: A guide to the collaborative planning process for designations, heritage orders, and notices of requirement under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Both guides are published as drafts so users can provide feedback on their content before they are finalised. If you would like to provide feedback please email