The Productivity Commission is considering whether New Zealand needs to have so many different Acts influencing urban planning. The Acts under scrutiny in the Better Urban Planning issues paper are:
Looking at this list, it's not surprising the Commission found (in 2015) that the current planning system is complex, and suffers from poor integration. Issues are:
From my experience, this lack of legislative integration creates real challenges for local government even when staff have the best intentions to work together across RMA, asset management and long term planning disciplines.
What do you think? Could your council deliver better urban planning outcomes if the legislation was changed? Submissions on the issues paper are due by 9 March 2016 and they will be made available on the Commission’s website soon afterwards, at www.productivity.govt.nz.
Next steps in the process