Consultation commences on new state-wide code for villa units and townhouses in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Bryan Green last week announced the start of formal community consultation on a new state-wide code for construction of villa units and townhouses.

Mr Green said the proposed changes, which aim to make it easier and quicker to build villa units and townhouses, are the next step in the overhaul of the State's planning laws.

"The new code will give developers greater certainty and consistency by providing laws that will apply to developments across Tasmania," Mr Green said.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has been directed to begin community consultation on the new planning laws, which are expected to be in place in six months.

The new code will mean villa units and townhouses will be subject to the same standards across the state, according to Mr Green.

Mr Green said the new standards will be designed to manage issues such as overshadowing and privacy between neighbours and promote liveable residential neighbourhoods.

The Deputy Premier said the proposed laws demonstrate the government's commitment to planning reform and builds on the work it has undertaken to deliver a single state-wide planning template, new residential planning code for single dwellings and regional land use strategies.

Mr Green said new planning schemes for all local councils in Tasmania were being finalised and would be progressively rolled out over the next year. Launceston's new planning scheme is already in operation.

"The new council planning schemes are a huge step forward and are being achieved with unprecedented cooperation with local councils and their communities," he said.

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