Updates : Updates

Zero Carbon Amendment Bill

The following is an update, following on from our October 2018 article; “Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill Released”, regarding the submissions received from the public on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill.  Over 15,000 New Zealanders made submissions, with the majority showing their...

National Planning Standards Come into Force May 2019

Environment Minister David Parker has announced that the first set of National Planning Standards (NPS) will come into force on 3 May 2019. The NPS draft was released last year for public feedback. 201 submissions were received on the draft NPS. The NPS aim to reduce the variety and complexity of...

Waimakariri District Plan Review - Consultation Document Open for Feedback

The Waimakariri District Council  is currently undertaking the initial stages of the Waimakariri District Plan review. The reviewed District Plan will be formally notified in mid-2020 and at that stage members of the community will be able to make detailed submissions on all aspects of the...

Challenging a Non-Notification Decision - Proposed RMA Reforms to Ease the Way

Non-Notification of Resource Consent Applications Obtaining a resource consent is often criticised as a lengthy and expensive exercise. An important step in the process that can have a major impact on time and cost is the Council’s decision on whether or not the application should be...

Rebuild Milestone - Christchurch District Council Regains Planning Powers

Early Revocation of Order  The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods has announced that the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014 will be revoked on 18 March 2019. The Order would not have otherwise expired until June 2021....

Proposed RMA Two-Staged Reform

Introduction In 2018 the Government announced a proposed two-stage reform process for the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Stage 1 Reform Stage 1 of this reform process will begin early 2019, when the Government plans to introduce an amendment Bill. The Bill is intended to address issues...

Our Space 2018-2048 - Urban Development Strategy Update for Greater Christchurch - Public Consultation November 2018

Introduction The Greater Christchurch Partnership has released a draft settlement pattern update to the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy for public consultation. The draft Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update has been prepared to satisfy the...

Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill Released

Introduction The Ministry for the Environment has publically released the submissions received on the Zero Carbon Bill, following public consultation. The proposals for inclusion in the Bill, which were the subject of public consultation, related to New Zealand’s 2050 greenhouse gas...

Court of Appeal Decides King Salmon Does Not Apply to Resource Consent Applications

Introduction The keenly awaited decision of the Court of Appeal in RJ Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council[1] was released this week. The decision is important because it resolves uncertainty arising from the Supreme Court decision in King Salmon[2] about whether recourse to Part...

A Council's Duty of Care for Known Hazards

Introduction Plaza Investments Ltd v Queenstown Lakes District Council is a High Court decision regarding a tree that fell in St Omer Park 2014 (the Park), causing extensive damage to a motel property located across the road. Justice Cull held that the Queenstown Lakes District Council (the...