You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

RMA bill back in parliament

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017

The bill has been stuck in the environment select committee for many months, but on Monday it was reported back with numerous minor amendments. © Getty Images The bill has been stuck in the environment select committee for many months, but on Monday it was reported back with numerous minor amendments. The government's controversial resource management legislation is back in parliament and will be given its second reading this week.

It makes important changes to the Resource Management Act, which governs environmental and planning decisions.

The government drafted the bill mainly to make it easier for land to be used for housing, and says it will also supports jobs and economic growth.

The bill has been stuck in the environment select committee for many months, but on Monday it was reported back with numerous minor amendments.

Environment Minister Nick Smith says it will have its second reading this week.

Opposition parties don't back it but the Maori Party has agreed to vote for it, which gives the government the numbers to pass it.

However, Dr Smith says he still has to talk to the Maori Party about the changes the select committee has made.

Significant measures in the bill include:

* National planning standards to reduce complexity and cost

* Streamlined planning process

* Discretion for councils to exempt an activity from consents

* Strengthening of requirements to manage natural hazard risks

* New requirements for councils to free up land for housing

* New provisions to enable stock exclusion from waterways

* More generous compensation for land required for public works

* Improved Maori participation arrangements

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon