The RMA Quality Planning Resource

This guidance has not yet been revised to include changes to the RMA as a result of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA17). The consenting provisions of the RLAA17 commenced on 18 October 2017. However, more information about the amendments specific to changes to use of commissioners with regard to Maori participation, is available in the following the Ministry for the Enviroment's fact sheet. For further information on other RLAA17 amendments please refer to the RLAA17 - Fact Sheets and technical guidance available on the Ministry's website.

Commissioners are delegated responsibility for carrying out statutory decision-making duties on a council’s behalf. It is vital that commissioners make sound decisions without any conflicts of interest that could open the path for challenges. This guidance note aims to provide best practice guidance to assist councils in appointing commissioners and developing a clear policy for using commissioners as part of the resource consent, plan making, plan change and notice of requirement processes.

This guidance note provides an:

  • introduction into the role of a commissioner
  • overview of the use of independent commissioners and councillor commissioners
  • outline of the skills required of commissioners.

Click on the graphic below to learn more about the use of Commissioners or download the entire guidance note.


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               Guidance on the use of independent commissioners                    

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