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Discounts for people waiting for resource consent processing

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Nick Smith
Nick Smith

Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Those caught waiting for councils to process their resource management claims may be eligible for a discount of up to 50 percent following regulation changes announced today by Environment Minister Nick Smith.

The regulations are provided for in the 2009 Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Act.

Dr Smith said there had been problems with delays in processing resource consents and the new regulations aimed to "incentivise prompt processing".

If processing of a resource consent exceeds the timeframes in the Act, the regulation provides for a 1 percent discount per working day up to a 50 percent maximum.

The Environment Ministry was producing guidance material to assist councils apply the regulations and would hold presentations for local authorities in early July.

"Decision making processes under the RMA must become more efficient," Dr Smith said.

"These regulations will provide welcome support to businesses and households ... slow consent processes come at a cost to both the economy and environment."

Dr Smith said he wanted councils to work harder to improve their processes and meet set tiemframes.

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