'Emergency' fast-track resource consent system could become permanent

'Emergency' fast-track resource consent system could become permanent
David Parker is mulling making emergency covid laws a permanent feature.
Ian Llewellyn
A fast-track resource management consent process could become a permanent legislative feature, says environment minister David Parker.A law was passed in 2020 to shorten timeframes and cut out many of the consultation and appeal processes in the Resource Management Act (RMA).It was presented as an emergency measure to inject life into the economy when it was feared covid and the associated lockdown restrictions would strangle activity. As a result, it had a sunset clause.The economic pain from the pandemic was not as severe as feared. However,...

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