Northern Tasmanian councils present new planning schemes to government

THE Tasmanian Government said another major milestone in the overhaul of Tasmania's planning system has been reached, following the handover of the first new planning schemes for local councils.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Bryan Green last week received draft interim planning schemes from seven of the eight northern councils.

Launceston, West Tamar, George Town, Northern Midlands, Meander, Break O Day and Dorset councils all presented their new schemes to the Minister, while Flinders Council will present its new scheme shortly.

"The reform of Tasmania's planning system is delivering greater consistency, certainty and clarity for investors and developers across Tasmania," Mr Green said.

Mr Green said the new planning schemes build on some of the most important planning reforms Tasmania has ever seen including a single state-wide template, new residential building code and regional land use strategies.

He said the new schemes were a huge step forward and had been achieved with unprecedented cooperation with local councils.

Mr Green also used the announcement to take aim at the Liberal's policy of a single planning scheme for all developments in Tasmania, saying it was not in tune with communities.

"The Liberals so-called single planning scheme is a con job, they know it won't work and it's about time they admitted it," the Minister said.

New planning schemes for all other councils around Tasmania are expected to be finalised before the end of the year.

According to Launceston City Council, before the reform process started, there were some 36 planning schemes in Tasmania, administered by the state's 29 councils.

At the conclusion of the process, all local council planning schemes will be based on a state-wide template to provide for a common state-wide framework, format and structure.

"At the moment, under the current system, every scheme is different and developers often - and sometimes rightly - see the planning process as a bit of a gamble," said Peter Button, Director Development Services at Launceston City Council.

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