Feedback and Review Cycles

  • Because consents are site specific they can provide useful information about the success of policies and plans.
  • To be most effective resource consent and compliance monitoring needs to close the policy loop and provide a feedback mechanism to planners on the effectiveness of policies and plan provisions. It should also feed information to those involved in state of the environment monitoring and reporting about the key emerging pressures on the environment and any possible cumulative effects.
  • The results of compliance monitoring should also be reported back to consent holders as a mechanism for influencing future behaviour. Compliance reports can be used by consent holders to measure their own performance against internal quality management systems; and results can even be reported to shareholders.