Reform of the RM System: A model for the future (Summary of Proposals)

Reform of the RM System: A model for the future (Summary of Proposals)

By Greg Severinsen

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This report is available as a downloadable pdf. You can view and download it from the project page on this website here.

The report is also available in hard copy at no charge (postage only payable) via this online bookshop.

This is a SUMMARY OF PROPOSALS. A summary of the larger Synthesis Report, also available in electronic and hard copy versions.

MORE ON THE FULL REPORT:

This report looks at the different legislative frameworks that could form the core of a future system.

It starts with the Resource Management Act – whether or not it should be split, how its purpose and principles could be approached differently, and how central and local government planning and processes could be revised. It proposes keeping an integrated RMA – with significant changes and perhaps even renamed – at the heart of a future system that protects the environment and supports wellbeing.

But the RMA isn’t everything. The report also explores reforming oceans management, embedding climate change considerations in the system, and changes to urban and infrastructure development. It also proposes of an overarching piece of legislation under which we would deploy strategic and spatial planning. That would be crucial to manage urban growth pressures.

Furthermore, we emphasise that reform needs to look beyond just legislation and consider underlying funding and institutional arrangements. The system needs to be more future focused and strategic, and less siloed. It needs to be more agile. The report proposes the creation of an independent Futures Commission to provide independent oversight and future focus, so we anticipate needs instead of simply reacting to them.

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