Timeframes associated with plan-making processes

This page reports on timeframes associated with plan-making processes. 

RMA requirements

Local authorities must publicly notify decisions on matters raised in submissions no later than two years after the proposed policy statement or plan was publicly notified. However, section 37 of the RMA enables local authorities to extend this two-year period if necessary. 

New plans, plan changes and variations completed (with data available on time taken) that complied with the two-year statutory timeframe

  2014/15 2015/16
Percentage 83% 95%

Time taken to make or change plans (new plans, council plan changes and private plan changes) — by average number of years

  Preparation  to notification Notified to decisions issued Decisions issued to all appeals resolved Total
  2014/15 2015/16 2014/15 2015/16 2014/15 2015/16 2014/15 2015/16
  Average number of years
New plans

3.6

2.4 2.2 1.7 3.2

1.2

8.4 6.7
Council plan changes

1.5

1.5

1.3

1.0

1.5

0.8 4.2 3.8
Private plan changes 0.6 0.4 1.4

0.8

1.0 0.9 3.0 2.2

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see Section 37 of the RMA on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
14/12/17