Wide-sweeping reforms to the RMA are on the horizon, with the Local Government and Environment Select Committee having recently reported on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click through to read our summary of the Bill's key provisions.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce recently suggested that “targeted rates” may be imposed on new housing projects in the future, in order to help fund residential infrastructure.
The High Court’s recent decision in R J Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council makes it clear that a key finding of the Supreme Court in King Salmon – that there is generally no ability to consider Part 2 of the RMA and undertake an “overall broad judgment” – also applies to decisions on resource consents.
The Government is seeking feedback on its Clean Water Package 2017, which introduces new "swimmable" water quality targets.
Where (and how prominently) can alcohol be displayed in a supermarket? The Court of Appeal has recently considered the provisions in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which require the display of alcohol within a “single area” in supermarkets.
More than three years after the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan was notified, we are now into the business-end of the process, with the Plan now operative in part.
A new National Environmental Standard for Telecommunication Facilities will come into effect on 1 January 2017, and is intended to support the development of a wider range of telecommunication infrastructure.
A new National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity will come into effect on 1 December 2016. But will it make a material difference to Auckland's 'housing crisis'?
The Maori Party has offered a lifeline to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill via its recent agreement with the National Party.
A recent decision of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority has helpfully clarified the law around what factors must be in place for a premises to constitute a grocery store.