This report, prepared by Harrison Grierson, presents the results of a pilot study, which gathered qualitative and quantitative information from a sample of local authorities in the Bay of Plenty, to test the validity of claims often heard in the media and in other anecdotal comments that the plan change process is bureaucratic, lengthy, costly and the process could be streamlined. The report found that the Schedule 1 process is essentially sound; however, there are matters and areas that may require some refinement.
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