TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green has announced the declaration of nine new planning schemes for all councils in the Cradle Coast Region, as part of the government's planning reform program that aims to deliver contemporary and more consistent planning schemes across the state.
Making the announcement last Wednesday, Mr Green congratulated the councils on being the first region in the State to have consistent new planning schemes, adding that the government's reforms are focused on reducing costs and barriers to job-creating developments and housing through streamlined planning systems.
Each of the nine councils within the Cradle Coast Region, which comprises the Burnie, Devonport, Central Coast, Latrobe, Waratah-Wynyard, Circular Head, West Coast, Kentish and King Island, submitted draft interim planning schemes to the Minister in December 2012.
The Minister considered the draft interim planning schemes based on an Advisory Committee report on the 'Cradle Coast Draft Interim Planning Schemes - July 2013' and requested a number of amendments. The Councils then amended their schemes for declaration by the Minister.
According to the Tasmanian Planning Commission, the Minister's declaration of the interim planning schemes in the Cradle Coast Region is the first step in the assessment process under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. The schemes will now be publicly exhibited and representations can be made to the respective planning authority during this time.
"Whether developing on King Island, Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown or Smithton, these reforms will minimise costs for builders and developers by increasing the consistency, clarity and certainty of the planning system," Mr Green said.
In other areas of Tasmania, the Minister has declared planning schemes for the Launceston, Northern Midlands, Break O'Day, George Town, West Tamar and Meander Valley local government areas.
"Launceston which was the first council in Tasmania to implement a new planning scheme has already seen millions of dollars worth of investment unlocked and we want to see that happening around the State," Mr Green said.
"It is extremely important that our planning laws keep pace with the expectations of local communities and potential investors. The Government is delivering the most important planning reforms we have ever seen and we will continue working with all councils.
"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," Mr Green said.