Spatial Planning Act 2023

This Act was one of two laws that created a new resource management system to be phased in over about the next 10 years. The Spatial Planning Act (SPA) was repealed on 24 December 2023.


Full text

Spatial Planning Act 2023 [New Zealand Legislation website]

In force

23 August 2023 – 24 December 2023.

What it does

The Spatial Planning Act (SPA) requires each region to develop a regional spatial strategy that sets out the long-term issues, opportunities and challenges for development and the environment in the region.

It works alongside the Natural and Built Environment Act, the main replacement for the Resource Management Act 1991.

A third piece of resource management reform legislation, the Climate Adaptation Bill, will be introduced to Parliament later. 

Spatial Planning Board

The Spatial Planning Board is an interdepartmental executive board established under the Public Service Act 2020.

The board is responsible for overseeing the transition and implementation of the SPA, and monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the effectiveness of the Act.

It will also coordinate central government involvement in the development of regional spatial strategies and support the development of each strategy’s implementation plan.

The board’s members are the chief executives from the Ministries for the Environment, Housing and Urban Development, Transport and the Departments of Internal Affairs and Conservation. They are jointly responsible to the Minister for the Environment.