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.
Some proposed plans receive thousands of submissions (including further submissions), addressing numerous issues and parts of a proposed plan. The management of submissions is a critical part of the proposed plan preparation process - good practice can facilitate the decision-making process, as well as making it easier for everyone involved.