First Draft of RMA

Natural and Built Environmental Act proposes to install regional planning committees

Released as an ‘exposure draft’ in June, one of the Natural and Built Environments Act’s main changes is the proposal to install planning committees in each region, which will consider recommendations made by an independent hearings panel (IHP) and set certain environmental limits for each region.

The Science Media Centre said the exposure draft discusses mandatory limits for a ‘minimum or a maximum amount of harm’ that can be caused to the environment in each region.

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