"Mythunderstandings" around Planning

This is the first of a series of mythbusters promoted by the New Zealand Planning Institute. The mythbusters series highlights the common mythunderstandings around planning within New Zealand. The first of the series deals with the misconception that New Zealand planners are inefficient in dealing with resource consent applications. The statistics used to explode the myth have been taken from an annual survey undertaken by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). Seventy eight local authorities participated in the MfE survey in 2011.

The Myth:

New Zealand Planners are inefficient in dealing with consent applications.

The Truths:

In 2010/2011 :

  • 36,154 resource consent applications were processed through to a decision.
  • 0.56 per cent (203) of those resource consent applications were declined.
  • 6 per cent (2263) of those resource consent applications were notified in some way (publicly notified and limited-notified).
  • 95 per cent of those resource consent applications were processed on time.
  • 68 per cent of those consents that required monitoring were actually monitored.
  • Just 4% (1414) of those resource consent applications were publicly notified.
  • 2% (849) of resource consent applications were notified to affected parties only (limited notification)
  • Local authority officers acting under delegated authority made 91% of decisions on resource consent applications
  • 1% (357) of resource consent decisions were appealed.

For further information or enquiries contact Susan Houston 09 5206277

susan.houston@planning.org.nz

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