MP happy to see action on 'Loopy Rules'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is optimistic following the Government's response to recommendations from the Rules Reduction Taskforce.

Mrs Dean co-chaired the Taskforce, which held meetings around South Canterbury and throughout the country in 2015. They addressed property rules and regulations that stopped people from getting on with the job.

Mrs Dean says the report identified 75 opportunities for improvement at local level. "The response from Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to the findings is encouraging. 72 of those opportunities have been accepted and work is underway across Government to address them.

“The people of South Canterbury made it very clear that there were too many rules that did not make sense or were inconsistently applied. These were largely around the complexity of dealing with local authorities, especially for projects requiring resource and building consents. 

"We heard repeatedly that customer service is not up to scratch. We need to see changes and Government will work with councils to improve this. 

"My hope is that the implementation of these recommendations will make it easier for everyone to get on with the job without 'loopy rules' getting in the way."





The ‘top ten fixes’ recommended by the Rules Reduction Taskforce last September:

·         make it easier to get building consents

·         get serious about lifting the skills of the building sector

·         make it easier to get resource consents

·         reduce the cost of consenting fees

·         sort out what ‘work safety’ means and how to do it

·         make it clear what the rules are

·         establish a new customer focus in the public sector

·         introduce a stakeholder engagement approach to developing local government policies and regulations

·         reform the Local Government Act 1974 and the Reserves Act 1977, and

·         stop making loopy rules.