There is no silver bullet in resolving the many issues with our current resource management system. However, we recommend the following minimum changes in order to have significant positive impact on our current system:
- Develop a clear purpose and principles in the RMA (which incorporate the built environment and favours change);
- Introduce mandatory spatial plans at the region level which are government-led and funded;
- Decisions around priority and importance of resources are decided at the national level and can be better implemented locally; and
- Introduce accountability in local authority consenting departments such as an independent regulator to provide alternative appeal avenues for resource and consent applicants.