A Government proposal to simplify the rules around resource consents could come with a hefty bill for ratepayers, Horizons regional councillors have warned.
Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act would cut down on the number of planning documents that were held by local authorities.
The plan is to force local authorities to combine district plans with regional plans, such as the One Plan, into single documents.
There could be more than one planning document across a region but each district or city could only have a single plan to cover its borders.
At a Horizons strategy and policy committee meeting yesterday, councillors had a chance to share their views on the proposal the Government is considering.
Cr Lindsey Burnell questioned how it would work and whether Horizons should have one plan for the Manawatu catchment covering Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North and Tararua, or individual plans for each council.
With the One Plan nearly complete at an estimated cost of $15 million, Cr Murray Guy said he feared some work would have to be repeated. "I just can't foresee how there's not going to be considerable costs on this council to work with each district council to get these plans agreed on."
In announcing the proposal, Environment Minister Amy Adams said planning regimes had become "incredibly complex". "I challenge anyone to be able to work out with any certainty what they can and cannot do on their land," she said.
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