Plan-making processes

This page reports on the preparation of policy statements and plans, and changes and variations started, underway or completed.

RMA requirements

The processes for local authorities to prepare and change operative and proposed regional policy statements, and regional and district plans are prescribed in the RMA. A variation is a change to a proposed new plan and a proposed plan change is a change to an existing plan. Plan changes and variations can be initiated by the local authority or by private request.

When initiated by private request they must either be:

  • accepted (processed by the local authority but paid for privately), or
  • adopted by the local authority (taken on and processed by the local authority).

Plan-making processes — overview

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Number of planning processes completed

113

71

59

36

Number of processes that were either initiated or continued, but not completed

246

234

186

198

Percentage of planning processes that were council initiated

86%

92%

90%

85%

Percentage of planning processes that were privately requested

14%

8%

10%

15%

Number of councils working on new plans

25

22

21

20 

Number of new plans worked on by councils

32

28

27

26

Number of changes to plans worked on by councils

325

277

218

208

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see Schedule 1 of the RMA on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
15/03/19