Fast-track Consenting Bill on a fast-track of its own
The Government recently announced legislation which seeks to fast track consenting. The legislative process requires the Minister to consult with other Ministers, local government and obtain and consider a report by the Office for Maori Crown Relations on Treaty settlement obligations and interests under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011. The Minister can then make a recommendation to the Panel, chaired by an Environment Court Judge, who are required to complete a decision within a specified timeframe of somewhere between 45 and 70 days.
Property Council strongly supports the Bill and recommends minor improvements to provide greater certainty. Namely:
- Similar to the Panel’s process, the Ministerial decision-making process should specify a timeframe in which a decision is to be made;
- Provide greater clarity that the Minister has decision-making powers up until the two-year deadline; and
- Remove the Ministers powers to set a specific timeframe for the Panel’s decision-making process that differs from that set out within the Bill.
For further information, please contact Katherine Wilson.
Author | Katherine Wilson
With a law and arts degree from Otago University, coupled with five years’ experience as a policy analyst and policy advisor at Auckland Council and the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Katherine is perfectly placed to support the advocacy needs of the Waikato and Auckland Branches. Katherine is also supporting our advocacy work at a national level, including working with members on the proposed building legislation and resource management reform.
Katherine was appointed as a Senior Advocacy Advisor in 2017, and since then has proven herself to be hugely dedicated, highly intelligent and committed to ensuring the voice of our members is heard at all levels of governance.