The Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Act 2013 introduces a streamlined plan-making process that only applies to the development of the first Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP). This guidance note has not been amended to include changes to the AUP plan-making process, rather it focuses on plan-making prescribed by the Resource Management Act 1991. For information about the process for the first AUP, refer to the Ministry for the Environment’s Fact Sheets.
Making decisions on proposed plans (including plan changes) entails making complex assessments and applying statutory and policy evaluations against a background of competing requests, variable information, time and resource pressures, and issue 'overload.' It is important to engage decision-makers in what can be a technocratic, politicised, time-consuming and lengthy process.