Resource Management Act: RMA Link: Processes: Details

The RMAlink project aims to make community participation in all Resource Management Act processes more straightforward and less time-consuming. More effective participation from those with a concern for the environment will contribute towards improving environmental outcomes nationwide.

Processes: Details

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Wellington Community Network
Subject Resource Consent Processes

Text Pre-Hearing Meetings, Negotiations


PCE (1999) Side Agreements in the Resource Consent Process: Implications for Environmental Management.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Wellington.
Report on an investigation into the practice of side agreements, where the consent applicant may offer payment to an affected person to gain their approval.

Peart, R. (2004) The Community Guide to the Resource Management Act 1991.
Environmental Defence Society, Auckland.
Advice for submitters attending pre-hearing meetings and negotiations. p57-8

MFE (1999) Pre-Hearing Meetings: A Practical Guide for Councils.
Ministry for the Environment, Wellington.

Harris, R. (2004) Handbook of Environmental Law.
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand (Inc.) P 157. Good summary of procedures for pre-hearing meetings and negotiations, and the opportunities for conflict resolution.

Journal Articles

Wakeling D. (2001) The Pre-Hearing Meeting.
Planning Quarterly no. 143, p18-19.

Web-Based Resources

Resources: See under Guidance on Planning Process section Extensive guidance notes on the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques in the resource consent and plan review processes. Covers consultation, negotiation, pre-hearing meetings, facilitation, and mediation. Includes case law.