Environment Minister Amy Adams has unveiled the next phase of the Government’s plan to revamp the resource management system, designed to speed up consent times and reduce costs.
She said: "It must be remembered that the RMA is not just about environmental protection, it is also our planning law. Instead of enabling a strong housing supply, it is slowing development where it is desperately needed."
The Government will make a number of improvements to the RMA across planning, consenting and the provision of national direction.
Some of the main changes are:
Adams said: “Taken together, the changes will streamline and improve decision-making at every level."