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Photo: ANNA ALLAN
Way clear for development
Proposed changes to the RMA include:
Some types of development to be processed without notification
Limit on what affected parties can object to
Tighter rules for the scope of potential submissions and appeals
An alternative Crown body to take over consenting processes in areas facing
growth management pressures
Consenting authorities to have tools to prevent land banking by developers
Limits on what sort of conditions might be placed on consents.
A 10-working day limit for processing straightforward non-notified consents.
Amend the RMA to update the matters that are considered nationally important.
Allow fewer and more effective national plans.
Allow district and regional councils to choose to group together and jointly
prepare a single integrated plan for each district or area
By GRANT BRYANT
Upcoming changes to the
Resource Management Act sig-
nalled by the environment minis-
ter could be disastrous for the
Queenstown Lakes district's
unique level of landscape protec-
tion, district councillors say.
The changes became a hot point of
discussion during the closing
stages of the Queenstown Lakes
District Council's strategy com-
mittee meeting last week.
Minister for the Environment
Amy Adams signalled an over-
haul of the act was in the works
by releasing the Summary of
Reform Proposals 2013 document
The act was not only about
environmental protection, but
providing infrastructure and a
means for development and
economic growth, she said in her
foreword of the document.
''The RMA has not been serving
us well. House prices continue to
rise at alarming levels due largely
to the lack of land supply,'' Ms
However, some councillors
believed some of the changes
could erode Queenstown and
Wanaka's strict landscape and
amenity protection values which
have set a high benchmark for
Councillor Cath Gilmour said the
proposed changes could affect
everything from housing and
large-scale development to the
protection of walking tracks and
quality of ground water.
''The council and community
would lose a lot of power to
''The proposed changes have
some good points, but a lot of
those points will cost our com-
Of concern were moves to limit
who could object as an affected
person during a resource consent
application, and a huge cost in
rewriting the district's
Committee chairman Leigh Over-
ton said the level of protection
offered by the act in its current
form suited Queenstown and
Wanaka's visual charm, and
changes would have some merits,
as well as negative impacts.
''Amenity has a lot more rel-
evance here than in many other
Council planning and develop-
ment general manager Marc
Bretherton said the Resource
Management Reform Bill would
likely be introduced to Parlia-
ment later in the year.
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