RMA Bill up for debate

  • 03/12/2015
The Beehive (Victoria Evans/File)
The Beehive (Victoria Evans/File)

Parliament is about to debate the Government's proposed changes to the Resource Management Act.

The bill was unveiled in 2013 but it had to be shelved because there wasn't sufficient support to get it through.

Environment Minister Nick Smith last week struck a deal with the Maori Party, gaining its backing by dropping the most contentious clauses.

Since then Labour has said it will support the bill, but the Greens are going to oppose it.

Dr Smith dropped plans to change sections six and seven of the RMA, which set out its purpose, and give more weight to economic considerations.

The watered-down bill will still make it easier and quicker for building consents to be issued by streamlining the processes councils use.

It has been generally welcomed by the business and local government sectors.

The bill is on the agenda for its first reading today and will be sent to a select committee for public submissions.