I’ve waited twenty f’ing years for a mainstream politician to say this, and when they finally do it’s when their party is heading down the gurgler. But at least it’s finally being said:
Resource Management Act - It’s a failure - time to chuck it out – start again
"It is time the politicians admitted the RMA is a failure." said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte. "
National's Nick Smith has promised another series of minor amendments to the RMA saying the law is holding back the country's economy.
He is just tinkering with a wreck.
No one thinks these amendments to Marine reserves and the like will overcome the problems of cost, delay and green tape that now effects all property owners,
When National passed the Resource Management Act in the early 1990’s the country was promised faster more streamlined planning.
That promise has been forgotten by both Labour and National..
The RMA is been used by local councils to extend more and more entangling regulations giving Council’s powers that parliament never intended.
ACT believes Parliament should admit it is a  year experiment that has failed and we should start again using the common law as the basis for environmental protections.
It’s not like it would be difficult. Enact a codification of basic common law principles protecting basic property rights, and you’re away.
But it makes me wonder why every single ACT Party leader until this one lacked the fricking spine to ever say even this much.