About plan-making

This page outlines the importance of plan-making and the information local authorities were required to provide on their plan-making for the National Monitoring System for 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Importance of plan-making

Regional policy statements, and regional and district plans form a key part of the planning framework under the RMA. These documents are prepared by local authorities. They identify resource management issues and establish objectives and environmental outcomes which policies, rules or other methods seek to achieve. 

NMS reporting requirements

The National Monitoring System (NMS) required local authorities to provide information about all plan-making processes started, underway or completed during 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Information on all stages of these processes was requested and is included in the reporting, even if they occurred before 2014/15 (for the 2014/15 data-set); and similarly, if they occurred before 2015/16 (for the 2015/16 data-set).