8AA Resolution of disputes

(1)

For the purpose of clarifying or facilitating the resolution of any matter relating to a proposed policy statement or plan, a local authority may, if requested or on its own initiative, invite anyone who has made a submission on the proposed policy statement or plan to meet with the local authority or such other person as the local authority thinks appropriate.

(2)

A member of the local authority who attends a meeting under subclause (1) is not disqualified from participating in a decision made under clause 10.

(3)

The local authority may, with the consent of the parties, refer to mediation the issues raised by persons who have made submissions on the proposed plan or policy statement.

(4)

Mediation under subclause (3) must be conducted by an independent mediator.

(5)

The chairperson of the meeting must, as soon as practicable after the end of the meeting, prepare a report that—

(a)

must identify the matters that are agreed between the local authority and the submitters and those that are not; and

(b)

may identify—

(i)

the nature of the evidence that must be called at the hearing by the persons who made submissions:

(ii)

the order in which that evidence is to be heard:

(iii)

a proposed timetable for the hearing; but

(c)

does not include evidence that was presented at the meeting on a without prejudice basis.

(6)

The person who prepared the report must give the report to those persons who attended the meeting and the local authority not later than 5 working days before the hearing.

(7)

The local authority must have regard to the report in making its decision under clause 10.

Schedule 1 clause 8AA: inserted, on 10 August 2005, by section 129(1) of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 87).