Environment Southland consents change
Environment Southland is changing its resource consent process after its practice was found to be legally questionable.
At a council meeting yesterday, it was decided senior staff could now approve non-notified consents, limited-notified consents where no submissions were received, and consents where the submitter has waived their right to be heard.
Resource consents which are recommended to be declined will still be heard by the consent committee, or a hearing panel.
The changes happened after a law specialist found a semi-formal process left the council open to criticism.
The Southland Times