The Ministry for the Environment has this month released new best practice guidelines for compliance, monitoring and enforcement under the RMA (the “Guidelines”).
The Environment Court recently upheld a decision of independent commissioners to grant resource consents for a 186-berth marina in Kennedy Point Bay, on Waiheke Island.
The High Court has addressed the extent to which causation of alcohol-related harm must be established in the context of granting/ renewing a licence. The Court held it was not necessary to prove that a premises is at the centre of alcohol-related harm only that that is a real risk that a premises contributes to some of alcohol-related harm.
In June 2018 the Ministry for the Environment released the first set of Draft National Planning Standards for public consultation. The aim of the Planning Standards is to improve consistency in plan and policy statement structure, format, and content - to make RMA plans "simpler to prepare, and easier for plan users to understand, compare, and comply with".
ChanceryGreen regularly acts for clients – both applicants and submitters – on projects spanning the length and breadth of the country, but it is not every day that major projects are proposed in our own backyard. With the ChanceryGreen offices being located on Jervois Road (Ponsonby), Auckland Council’s proposed St Mary’s Bay and Masefield Beach Water Quality Improvement Project is just a stone’s throw away.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff established a 'Housing Taskforce' to identify constraints to building more homes in Auckland at a pace which keeps up with demand and make recommendations to overcome those barriers. The Taskforce released its report in June.
After several years of drafting, consulting and redrafting, the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 received royal assent in April. It makes a number of significant amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) This includes changes to iwi participation arrangements with the introduction of a new Subpart 2 to Part 5 of the RMA. This subpart allows broad scope for iwi involvement in resource management matters. Sections 58L to 58U deal with iwi participation arrangements under a new name – Mana Whakahono a Rohe.
It appears widely accepted that changes are needed to address housing supply, rising house prices and a growing population. In answer to these concerns, the Government is considering new legislation that would:
- Empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules; and
- Establish new urban development authorities to support these projects where required.
The Government has recently added a criterion for accessing the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund, requiring the decision maker to consider the likely impacts on "important needs" such as employment, infrastructure and housing.
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.