Plans and policy statements will shortly undergo some of the most substantial change in 28 years of the RMA as the first set of national planning standards (planning standards) are gradually rolled out.
The planning standards enable planners to build plans from a shared structure, using the same toolbox and speaking the same language. In other words they provide the skeleton for councils, iwi, communities and stakeholders to embellish with local content. This shift brings exciting opportunities and efficiencies for both plan makers and users. The past two years of development has involved extensive collaboration with the planning profession, including over 36 roadshows, hui, and meetings with local authorities and stakeholder groups. The first set of planning standards are now a couple of months into implementation. The MfE have been talking to a lot of councils and answering a lot of specific questions. What does the final first set contain? What effect will they have on plans now and into the future? How will councils implement them given they’re all at different stages of plan review? How will the Ministry support implementation? We’ll shed some light.
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Last updated on Thursday 05 September 2019