12 Promotion of good local government

(1)

For the purposes of clause 11(8), the Commission must be satisfied that its preferred option—

(a)

will best promote, in the affected area, the purpose of local government as specified in section 10; and

(b)

will facilitate, in the affected area, improved economic performance, which may (without limitation) include—

(i)

efficiencies and cost savings; and

(ii)

productivity improvements, both within the local authorities and for the businesses and households that interact with those local authorities; and

(iii)

simplified planning processes within and across the affected area through, for example, the integration of statutory plans or a reduction in the number of plans to be prepared or approved by a local authority.

(2)

For the purposes of clause 11(8)(a), the Commission must be satisfied that its preferred option—

(a)

will best promote, in the affected area, the purpose of local government as specified in section 10; and

(b)

will best promote the interests of the communities in the district in terms of—

(i)

the benefits to all communities of a consistent or co-ordinated approach in the district; and

(ii)

the benefits to particular communities of reflecting the particular needs and preferences of each community.

Schedule 3 clause 12(2): inserted, on 8 August 2014, by section 69 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 55).