The Regulatory Hearing Committee is an investigatory committee to make decisions on statutory and regulatory matters such as planning and resource consents, animal enforcement and environmental health issues.
Mix of Councillor Commissioners and Independent Commissioners.Panel appointed under delegated authority by the Chief Executive.
As and when required
To conduct hearings and/or determine under delegated authority applications for consent and all other matters required to be heard and determined by way of a Hearing under the Resource Management Act 1991.
To conduct hearings and/or determine under delegated authority applications relating to the Dog Control Act 1996 and any other matters required for determination by Council under legislation as determined by Council.
All delegations to this Panel are to be exercised within the framework of the Council’s adopted regulatory policies, plans, strategies, policy guidelines and by-laws.
The Council delegates to the Regulatory Hearings Panel the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
Implementation of the Resource Management Act, the Operative District Plan and other regulatory Acts and Regulations in terms of judicial and regulatory responsibilities.
All powers, duties and discretions under the Resource Management Act 1991 to allow the above matters to be undertaken other than:
The consideration or hearing of any application where the Council is the applicant
The making of a recommendation on a requirement for a Designation or a Heritage Order where the Council is the Requiring Authority
Exercising the power of delegation.
All Council’s powers, duties and discretions in respect to the Dog Control Act 1996 in terms of judicial and regulatory responsibilities and the monitoring of the implementation of Council’s regulatory service delivery functions under that Act.
In terms of judicial and regulatory service delivery responsibilities, and monitoring and implementation of these listed regulatory functions all:
Powers, duties and discretions vested in the Council by the Crown Minerals Act 1991.
Powers, functions and discretions under Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016.Powers, duties and discretions pursuant to Section 78 232 of the Building Act 2004 with the exception of the power to set fees and charges.
Determining any Appeals to a Determination made by the Chief Executive under the Council’s Consolidated Part 3 (Public Safety) Clause 4 – Liquor.
Pursuant to Section 34 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and clause 32 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 the Council directs that:
Commissioners appointed to Joint Hearings shall be the Chair of the Regulatory Hearings Panel together with not less than one or more than two others. One of who shall, if possible, be a member representing the Ward in which the site subject to the application is located.
Commissioners appointed to deal with all other matters shall be the Chair of the Regulatory Hearings Panel together with not less than one other, who shall, if possible, be a member representing the Ward in which the site subject to the application is located.
Commissioners, except the Chairperson of the Hearings and Judicial Committee, shall attend to applications as far as practicable on a rotational basis.
Professional Development and Learning
All members will participate in the Making Good Decisions RMA Training in the first two years of membership and cannot be selected for participation in a hearing without holding a completed qualification.
Underpinning good governance are a range of documents that ensure Council is clear on its accountabilities, expectations and responsibilities. You can find these documents here.
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