Nick Smith To Target RMA Nimbys & Bananas

builderBernard Hickey does a good job explaining the disruptiveness of the ‘nimbys and bananas’ of the RMA are in his recent NZHerald article. Essentially the nimbys and bananas are people who love to say ‘no’ to everything and put forward submissions to stop development of almost anything. Development being a generic term to describe anything that needs RMA approval to proceed. It can be putting in a deck or replacement of a window (no joke – keep reading).

Dr Nick Smith is setting his sights on the nimbys and bananas to improve housing supply, and affordability.

Changes to the RMA will halt the flow of submissions made by Nimbys (Not In My Backyard) and the Bananas (Build Absolutely Nothing Near Anything).

Here are some examples from the article of disruptive and costly submissions made that have stalled or halted developments due to the craziness of the current Resource Management Act.

An elderly couple’s plans for a house were rejected because their living area did not face the street.

Property developer Sir Bob Jones had to consult 13 iwi and pay $4500 for a resource consent to replace a ground floor window.


and my favourite example from the NZHerald article….

A medical centre had to spend $57,000 on fees and consultants to get approval for seven new bike stands costing $35 each.

Is there a Nimby or Banana living near you?

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