NZPI & RMLA ROADSHOW: National Planning Standards

11 May 2017

Workshops are for NZPI and RMLA Members ONLY.

The New Zealand Planning Institute has partnered with the Resource Management Law Association and the Ministry for the Environment to run a series of regional workshops in June 2017 for RMLA and NZPI members.

The National Planning Standards are a new requirement in the 2017 amendments to the RMA. The Planning Standards aim to establish a common structure and form for RMA plans, set requirements for electronic functionality of plans, and will include some common content.

Even with the Planning Standards in place, plans will continue to have some variation on how councils address local planning issues. The Standards will provide a tool kit for councils to improve consistency in plans, where it makes sense to do so.

Discussion Papers

Ten National Planning Standards discussion papers have been drafted, and are available on MfE's website, click here.

The first paper Introduction to Planning Standards outlines the rationale for Planning Standards and how people can be involved. The other nine papers cover the following topics:

These nine papers set out MfE research findings on the respective topics, offer options for standards, and indicate whether the Ministry has a preference for a particular option at this stage. These papers are intended to form the basis for early consultation on the scope and direction of the Planning Standards. You are encouraged to read the discussion papers that cover your particular area(s) of interest/expertise, and form a view about options you support, so you can make an informed contribution at the workshops. Your input is an important part of the development of NZ's National Planning Standards.

Phases of Standards Development

The Ministry for the Environment is proposing four phases of Standards development:

  1. Initial engagement (April 2017 to July 2017) - the present phase
  2. Drafting and testing (June 2017 to April 2018)
  3. Submissions and standards refinement (April 2018 to January 2019)
  4. Indicative gazettal (March 2019)


Dates and locations:

  • Auckland 6 June, Simpson Grierson
  • Hamilton 7 June, NZTA Meeting Room
  • Tauranga 8 June, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chambers
  • Westport 7 June, Buller District Council Chambers
  • New Plymouth 12 June, New Plymouth District Council Chambers
  • Nelson 13 June, Fairfield House
  • Wellington 14 June, Buddle Findlay
  • Hastings 15 June, Hastings District Council Chambers
  • Dunedin 20 June, Dunedin City Council Chambers
  • Christchurch 21 June, Christchurch City Council Function Room
  • Invercargill 21 June, Invercargill Civic Theatre
  • Queenstown 22 June, Queenstown Lakes District Council
  • Whangarei 26 June, Whangarei Library *NEW
  • Palmerston North 27 June, Geography Lecture Block, Massey University

Click here to register, limited seats, be quick!

NOTE: The above link will take you to a list of locations, click the event title to access the registration link