Given its significant contribution to society in terms of our economy and our general quality of life, recreation should be given greater prominence in the planning process as set by the Resource Management Act.
Recreation is currently only considered as a subset of the term ‘amenity values’ in Part 2, Section 7 of the current Act. and only referred to in the Interpretation as an ‘attribute’. There is a lack of clarity around the value and place of recreation in the current Act. This has been known to cause delays in the planning process, and meant input from the recreation sector into significant consent applications is often a late or completely absent.