Trends in council implementation of the Resource Management Act from 2014/15 to 2018/19

Patterns and trends in council implementation of the Resource Management Act 1991 from 2014/15 to 2018/19. Data is from the National Monitoring System.

The report: Trends in RMA implementation - National Monitoring System 2014/15 to 2018/19 highlights patterns and trends in implementation of the Resource Management Act by councils over the past five years. The purpose of the report is to identify areas for improvement in policy or practice.

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Key trends from 2018/19

  • Resource consent applications are processed within time limits prescribed in the RMA 82 per cent of the time. This is the fourth consecutive year that this rate has fallen.
  • Both resource consent processing times and application fees are increasing over time.
  • A section 37 time extension is applied to almost a third (31 per cent) of resource consent applications. This rate is increasing over time.
  • Local authorities are required to decide plan changes within two years of notification. All 81 plan changes decided in the past two years met this requirement.
  • About four in five councils (78 per cent) provide either budgetary or in-kind support for iwi/hapū participation in resource management.
  • Monitoring and enforcement staffing levels have increased 60 per cent over the past two years. This increase has occurred across all council types.