Published 30 October 2009
Environment Minister Nick Smith said on Wednesday the Government was reviewing the Far North District Council’s functions under the Resource Management Act because of its worsening performance.
Dr Smith said: "I am authorising a formal investigation into the council’s performance under section 24A of the Resource Management Act. The Far North District Council processed just 37% of resource consents within the statutory timeframes in the 2007-08 Ministry for the Environment resource management survey – a decline from 51% in the previous survey in 2005-06.
"I acknowledge the Far North District Council has taken some steps in the last year to improve its performance in this area. I want to work constructively with the council through this process to ensure the RMA is well administered in the Far North.
"The review is constrained to resource management functions, unlike the wider investigation into Environment Canterbury (also authorized this week – see separate story). The review will occur in November, with a report concluded by the end of the year.
"The Far North is very dependent on the efficient management of its natural resources for its wealth & unique lifestyle. This review is about ensuring these functions are done as well as possible for the people of the Far North."
The report back to Dr Smith is due by Friday 11 December.
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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.