Resource Management Reform Bill Submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee

 

This submission addresses the proposed changes to section 32 in
clause 69.
Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 requires a
consideration of alternatives, benefits and costs when developing
a plan, policy, or regulation. The reason for this evaluation is
to ensure the proposal is the best way to achieve the desired
objective.1
I support some of the proposed amendments to section 32 but
have very strong concerns about two aspects. This is because
they would have the effect of placing economic values above
environmental, social, and cultural values. This is not consistent
with the purpose of the RMA which is to promote sustainable
management of natural and physical resources.2
At the end of this submission, I make recommendations for two
changes to clause 69.

Introduction

This submission addresses the proposed changes to section 32 in clause 69. Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 requires a consideration of alternatives, benefits and costs when developing a plan, policy, or regulation. The reason for this evaluation is to ensure the proposal is the best way to achieve the desired objective.1

I support some of the proposed amendments to section 32 but have very strong concerns about two aspects. This is because they would have the effect of placing economic values above environmental, social, and cultural values. This is not consistent with the purpose of the RMA which is to promote sustainable management of natural and physical resources.

At the end of this submission, I make recommendations for two

changes to clause 69.

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