The RMA Quality Planning Resource

Overview

Designations form a key part of the district plan review process.  The plan review process provides an opportunity to 'roll over' existing designations, modify existing designations including a territorial authority's own designations, and also for requiring authorities to introduce new requirements. Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) deals specifically with how new requirements can be included in, and existing designations carried over into, proposed district plans.

New requirements can also occur outside the plan review process when requiring authorities serve a notice of requirement. The notice of requirement is an interim notice that protects land for the designated purpose until the designation is confirmed. 

An outline plan is a plan or description of works that a requiring authority proposes to carry out works on a designated site.  The outline plan often contains more detailed information that was not available when the notice of requirement was prepared. This is intended to allow some flexibility about the future use of land while the protecting the land for a specific purpose.

 

                                                          
  Designations               Notices of
requirement
                  Outline plans
                                       
                                   

 

Designations versus 
resource consent 
and plan changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land ownership and
the Public Works
Act 1981