The proposed Strategic Planning Act (SPA) is a critical part of resource management reform. It is a new addition to the system that will mandate spatial planning and bring together outcomes and functions across several statutes to achieve a longer-term, strategic and integrated approach to the use of land and the coastal marine area, infrastructure provision, environmental protection and climate change matters.
It is proposed that central government, local government and iwi/hapū work together to develop 30 year ‘regional spatial strategies’ (RSSs) in each region, that are informed by longer-term data and evidence as appropriate. It is proposed that RSSs will:
- be strategic, high-level and focused on the most significant issues and opportunities facing the region
- be informed by robust and proportionate information and evidence, including mātauranga Māori
- identify a shared vision, long-term objectives and priority actions for how a region will grow and change over time.
Spatial mapping will be an important component of RSSs, representing the complexity of the long-term regional strategy in a clear and understandable way.
It is proposed that RSS will translate national-level direction, including the National Planning Framework, under the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA), to a regional context. It is envisaged that RSS will be implemented through a range of mechanisms, including regulatory plans under the NBA and funding and investment decisions under the LGA and LTMA.
This workshop will provide an overview of proposals and seek feedback on questions relating to the SPA and its implementation [topics TBC as dependent on progress with SPA].