Fast track consents
Centralised decision making
Resource consents will be considered by Expert Consenting Panels appointed by the Minister for the Environment (‘the Minister’) rather than local councils. The Panels will be chaired by a current or retired Environment Court Judge or senior lawyer and include relevant local council and iwi authority nominees (one of each).
Consents will not be publicly notified and there will be no opportunity for submissions or hearings. The Panel may invite comments from some groups (still to be confirmed).
Decisions will be made within 25 working days, with the ability to double this timeframe for larger more complex projects. There will be no appeal rights, other than on points of law.
Opportunities for private sector projects
they demonstrate a direct and immediate benefit to the regional economies and communities in
which they are based.
Housing and land development projects may well be eligible, given that listed public benefits include
increasing housing supply and contributing to well-functioning urban environments. As with
previous Special Housing Areas, approved projects are likely to progress directly to the resource
consenting stage, bypassing the usual rezoning ‘stage’.
In locations where there is a maximum allocation of housing capacity under existing planning
documents, Panels will need to ensure that available development capacity is not taken up by one or two ‘bigger players’, creating a potential monopoly. Requirements for delivery of a quantum of
sections and housing within specified timeframes may help guard against possible monopolistic
practices, as will having regard to the landownership ‘mix’ in future development areas where fast
track projects are proposed.
How we can help
your existing or proposed projects may be eligible for fast tracking.