TASMANIAN Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Bryan Green this week welcomed the release of draft new planning schemes for all southern Tasmanian councils as another major step in the overhaul of Tasmania's planning system.
Making the announcement on Tuesday with the chairman of the Southern Council's management committee chairman, Lord Mayor Damon Thomas, Mr Green said the draft interim schemes for the 12 southern councils were now available for public consultation.
The southern councils comprise Central Highlands, Southern Midlands, Brighton, Hobart, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Clarence, Sorell, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Tasman, Kingborough and Huon Councils.
The draft interim planning schemes will be provided to the Minister for declaration after the councils have responded to the consultation process with the Interim Planning Scheme Advisory Committee and made any necessary changes.
When an interim planning scheme is declared, it will replace the existing planning scheme, and the formal assessment process will begin with the public exhibition of the interim planning scheme and the invitation for representations, according to the Tasmanian Planning Commission.
The introduction of new planning schemes based on a common statewide planning scheme template is part of Tasmanian Government reforms that seek to deliver greater consistency, certainty and clarity for investors and developers.
"The Government is delivering the most important planning reforms we have ever seen and is working with councils to roll out new schemes across Tasmania," Mr Green said.
"The planning reforms are reducing costs and barriers to job creating developments and housing through a streamlined planning system.
"The new planning schemes are being delivered by Councils working with the State government in a way that respects and reflects regional differences and the genuine needs and interests of local communities," Mr Green said.