NZ Urban Development news from the media | 6 February 2024 | Fast track consenting in the fast lane


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Fast track consenting in the fast lane

The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime.

“This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and process for resource approvals for major infrastructure projects, unlocking opportunities in industries such as aquaculture and mining in our regions,” Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.
“For too long, New Zealanders have had to wait for progress in their towns and cities due to the overly-restrictive RMA. Today we have taken the first steps in cutting through this mess of red tape, so we can supercharge New Zealand’s infrastructure and economic potential,” RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says.

Fletcher Building: $180m extra for NZ International Convention Centre, car parks

Fletcher Building has delivered grim news today on two big projects, taking a $180 million hit to accounts.

The company’s costs are up at the New Zealand International Convention Centre [NZICC] to cost a further $165 million and a Wellington car park to cost an extra $15m.

Based on the latest cost and revenue forecasts, the company will make an additional provision of $165m on the NZICC classified as a significant item in its half-year 2024 financial statements due out next week, it said.

Controversial Wānaka McDonald’s plans revived

Plans for Wānaka’s first McDonald’s restaurant and drive through have been revived after a brief stand down.

The company filed updated reports to support its resource consent bid with the Queenstown Lakes District Council this week, after putting the application on hold in late November.

They propose building a single-storey 445m sq restaurant and drive-through at the Mt Iron Junction, on the outskirts of Wānaka, at the intersection of SH6 and SH84.

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