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Resource Management Act – Evolution or Revolution?

As many of you will be aware, the Resource Management Act Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced into the House last week. The Bill has been a long time coming as political concerns over the controversial changes to sections 6 and 7 resulted in ongoing delays, and these changes have now been dropped (with the exception of natural hazards as a section 6 matter). The Bill still presents a significant change to current planning practice with about 40 proposals focused on improving national consistency and direction, creating a more responsive plan-making system, and further amendments to simplify and streamline consenting processes.