Resource Consent Hearings
A hearing is a formal meeting that is held to consider resource consent applications and other RMA matters such as designations, heritage orders, proposed plans including variations and plan changes.
For resource consent applications, it is a chance for the applicant and submitters to present their case in public to a neutral Hearing Panel before a decision or recommendation is made. Only the Hearings Panel may ask questions of witnesses, no cross-examination is permitted.
The cost of the hearing will be borne by the applicant where a Hearing Panel makes a decision on the application. Where an Independent Hearings Commissioner is required, the applicant will pay the costs, except when a submitter requires the Independent Hearings Commissioner.