More new planning schemes declared in Tasmania

TASMANIAN planning reforms to introduce new planning schemes based on a common state-wide template are moving ahead, with Planning Minister Bryan Green this month declaring planning schemes for Northern Midlands and Break O'Day councils.

The declaration of the Northern Midlands Interim Planning Scheme 2013 and the Break O'Day Interim Planning Scheme 2013 follows the declaration of the state's first new planning scheme in October last year, the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2012.

Mr Green congratulated the two councils on the new planning schemes and said he looked forward to the roll-out of more new planning schemes across Tasmania, as part of the government's major reforms of the state's planning system.

"The Government's reforms are focussed on reducing costs and barriers to job creating developments and housing through streamlined planning systems," Mr Green said, adding that the reforms aim to minimise costs for builders and developers by increasing consistency, clarity and certainty in the planning system.

The Northern Midlands and Break O'Day interim planning schemes will come into effect on 1 June 2013. The interim schemes will remain in operation until planning schemes based on the interim schemes are declared for each area.

The Minister has also received and considered draft interim planning schemes from the West Tamar and Meander Valley councils. 

Other councils in the Northern Region, with the exception of Flinders, have provided draft interim planning schemes to the Tasmanian Planning Commission for preliminary consideration and received feedback from the Interim Planning Scheme Advisory Committee.

Mr Green said the North-West Coast's nine local councils are also expected to have new schemes soon, with councils in the Southern Region to follow.

"It is extremely important that our planning laws keep pace with the expectations of local communities and potential investors," the Minister said.

"We now have a single planning template for the whole State, a new code for residential development which is cutting costs and speeding up approvals and new regional land use strategies."

More information is available from the Tasmanian Planning Commission website at <http://www.planning.tas.gov.au/>.

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