Timeframes associated with plan-making processes

This page reports on timeframes associated with plan-making processes. 

RMA requirements

Local authorities must publicly notify decisions on matters raised in submissions no later than two years after the proposed policy statement or plan was publicly notified. However, section 37 of the RMA enables local authorities to extend this two-year period if necessary. 

New plans or plan changes decided within the two-year statutory timeframe

  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Percentage 83% 95% 93% 86%

The average number of years taken to make or change plans

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

  Time taken to make or change plans (average number of years)

New plans

 

 

 

 

Preparation to notification

3.6

2.4

1.7

2.7

Notification to decisions issued

2.2

1.7

1.8

1.9

Decisions issued to operative in full

3.2

1.2**

1.4**

2.0**

Total*

8.4

6.7**

3.6**

7.2**

Council plan changes

 

 

 

 

Preparation to notification

1.5

1.5

1.7

1.3

Notification to decisions issued

1.3

1.0

0.9

0.9

Decisions issued to operative in full

1.5

0.8

0.7

0.5

Total*

4.2

3.8

3.2

2.2

Private plan changes

 

 

 

 

Preparation to notification

0.6

0.4

0.5

0.3

Notification to decisions issued

1.4

0.8

1.1

1.1

Decisions issued to operative in full

1.0

0.9

0.9

1.2

Total*

3.0

2.2

2.2

2.4

* Component times may not sum to totals due to missing dates (averages for each component and overall were calculated with whatever dates were available).
**These averages come from less than five plan-making processes.

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see Section 37 of the RMA on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
15/03/19