Reform of the RM System: the Urban Context FULL REPORT

Reform of the RM System: the Urban Context FULL REPORT

EDS has today released its full report outlining the key points of Phase 3 of its resource management system reform project. This looks at system reform through an urban lens – how it would play out in the context of our towns and cities. It calls for the creation of new legislation to replace the Resource Management Act. Phase 3 builds upon the two previous phases of the work, which analysed the wider resource management system, outlined different options for change, and presented an overall preferred model for reform. It comes as the government’s independent panel has also released its final report on system reform.

“The urban context of reform is crucial,” said senior researcher Dr Greg Severinsen.

“Alongside problems of housing affordability, infrastructure failings and other pressures of high growth, our cities are not working well for the environment or the climate. Our frameworks are not working well together, and there is now a great deal of complexity to the system. Something’s got to give.

“The RMA needs an overhaul. In previous work we’ve explored a number of fundamental changes that are needed but concluded that the basic framework could remain. On reflection, though, it’s become increasingly obvious that the extent of the change required really means this should be seen as something new, not just a deep round of amendments.

“The EDS report should be read alongside the Randerson Panel’s report on system reform, and we see a lot of parallels between these workstreams. Above all, both are really saying that we have to rebuild our resource management system from the ground up” concluded Dr Severinsen. 

You can read the full EDS report here.

Last updated at 1:18PM on September 10, 2020