In a recent decision of the Environment Court, Judge Kirkpatrick considered whether it is appropriate for privately-owned land to be zoned as open space where the landowner does not agree to the zoning. The decision includes detailed analysis on the tensions between private and public interests in privately-owned land, and the nature and scope of planning restrictions that can be imposed on its use.
The Government’s proposed comprehensive overhaul of the resource management system attracted significant media attention when it was launched late last month. This article briefly summarises what we know about the review (and what we don’t know), and where things are headed.
Cabinet has recently approved the drafting of a new National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture. The NES will fundamentally change how replacement consent applications will be dealt with when ‘reconsenting’ existing aquaculture farms.
A second tranche of proposed improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) was released by the Climate Change Minister yesterday. Tranche one was released last December. Both tranches will now form a single Bill to amend the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA).
On Friday 5 April 2019 the Government released the first set of National Planning Standards (“Planning Standards”). The Planning Standards will require major changes to RMA plans in most cases and will have significant impacts for councils and plan users.