|Subject||Resource Consent Processes|
The references below contain information about how hearings are conducted. Or you can ask Council staff if you are unsure what to expect.
The Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 has made some significant changes to the way some hearings are conducted. Councils can choose to run consent hearings in a similar way to court proceedings. An applicant can be required to provide briefs of evidence before a hearing. A council can invite or require parties to attend pre-hearing meetings. If a person fails to attend such a meeting without providing a good reason, the consent authority can decline to consider their submission.
The Act now requires the majority of decisionmakers at a hearing to be accredited, i.e. to attend a Ministry for the Environment training programme. This provision aims to improve the quality and consistency of decisions, and to ensure that the procedure followed at hearings is in line with best practice.
MFE (2001) Keeping it Fair: A Guide to the Conduct of Hearings Under the Resource Management Act 1991.
Peart, R. (2004) The Community Guide to the Resource Management Act 1991.
MFE (2004) Appearing at a Council Plan Change Hearing
MFE (2004) Appearing at a Resource Consent or Designation Hearing