10 Nov 2011

ACT seeks to limit RMA powers

6:35 am on 10 November 2011

The ACT Party is putting a strong focus on property rights in its election policy on the Resource Management Act.

ACT leader Don Brash says the RMA has created a breeding ground for interfering behaviour where bureaucrats can tell people what to do with their property.

The party wants the RMA's powers restricted to tangible effects on air, soil and water.

It is seeking reforms that include limiting the fees councils can charge for consents and increasing compensation rights for landowners.

ACT wants the Environment Court to be able to award costs against councils and objectors to resource consents whose cases are rejected by the court.