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Resource legislation amendments 2017 fact sheet series

Publication date:  April 2017
Publication reference number:  INFO 784a - INFO 784q

These 16 fact sheets explain the details of amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, Conservation Act 1987, Reserves Act 1977, Public Works Act 1981 and Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012, which were made through enactment of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The overview fact sheet gives an overview of the changes introduced by the Resource Management Amendment Act 2017 and links them to other fact sheets for more details. The fact sheets are organised by topic area and are listed below.

Resource Legislation Amendments 2017

Fact sheet  Title Description
 

Overview of changes introduced by the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 [PDF, 499 KB]

An overview of the amendments.
1 New options for national direction [PDF, 435 KB] An outline of how specific resources should be managed under the Resource Management Act 1991.
2 Revised functions for Resource Management Act 1991 decision-makers [PDF, 424 KB] An outline of the changes to general decision-making functions under the Resource Management Act 1991.
3 Changes to Māori participation in the Resource Management Act 1991 [PDF, 397 KB] An outline of the changes to Māori participation under the Resource Management Act 1991. The intent of these changes is to facilitate improved working relationships between iwi and councils, and enhance Māori participation in resource management processes.
4 Changes to the standard planning track (and related provisions) [PDF, 393 KB] An outline of the changes to the standard process for making and changing plans and regional policy statements under Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991.
5 A new optional streamlined planning process [PDF, 384 KB] An outline of streamlined planning process that provides greater flexibility in planning processes and timeframes, and allow these to be tailored to specific issues and circumstances.
6 A new optional collaborative planning process [PDF, 374 KB] An outline of amendments that enable councils to adopt a collaborative planning process as an alternative planning track when undertaking a review or change, or preparing a new plan or policy statement, including a combined regional and district document.
7 Changes to heritage protection under the Resource Management Act 1991 [PDF, 289KB] An outline of the changes affecting heritage protection authorities and heritage orders. The intent of both of these changes is to reduce undue interference on private property rights by bodies corporate that are not councils.
8 New consent exemption and fast-track processes [PDF, 298 KB] An outline of the changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 introducing:
- resource consent exemptions for boundary activities and marginal or temporary rule breaches
- fast track processes for more straight forward applications.
9 Changes to resource consent notification [PDF, 397 KB] An outline of the changes to the council decisions on whether to notify resource consent applications under the Resource Management Act 1991.
10 New matters to consider for resource consents and designations [PDF, 369 KB] An outline of the new matters to be considered in substantive decisions on resource consent applications under the Resource Management Act 1991, which come into effect on 1 October 2017.
11 Fixed charges must be published, and regulations may set fixed charge requirements [PDF, 372 KB] An outline of new requirements for consent authorities regarding fixed charges.
12 Alignment of Conservation Act 1987 and Reserves Act 1977 processes with the Resource Management Act 1991 [PDF, 464 KB] An outline of four key changes that have been made to the Conservation Act 1987. The intent of these changes is to more closely align the application process for concessions and access arrangements with resource consents under the Resource Management Act 1991.
13 Changes to public notices, electronic servicing and submission strike out [PDF, 369 KB] An outline of the changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 to reduce the size and cost of issuing public notices, make electronic delivery the default model and introduce additional discretionary criteria for striking out submissions.
14 Changes to objections and Environment Court processes [PDF, 406 KB] An outline of the changes to objections and Environment Court processes under the Resource Management Act 1991.
15 Changes to the board of inquiry process [PDF, 317 KB] An outline of amendments to board of inquiry processes that are administered by the Environmental Protection Authority.
16 Changes to land acquisition under the Public Works Act [PDF, 322 KB] An overview of amendments to the land acquisition process under the Public Works Act 1981 (PWA), which is administered by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).