Tasmanian Planning Minister declares two more planning schemes

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green last week announced that more than half of Tasmania's local councils now have new planning schemes, following the declaration of the West Tamar and Meander Valley planning schemes.

The Minister, who also declared planning schemes for all local councils in the Cradle Coast Region last week, said that the signing-off on schemes for the West Tamar and Meander Valley councils brings the total of new schemes to 15.

"The West Tamar and Meander Valley planning schemes mean that the majority of northern Tasmania is now covered by the new planning laws," Mr Green said, adding that the declaration of the two schemes means that more than half the local councils in Tasmania now have new planning rules in place.

Mr Green said cooperation between the State Government and local councils was the key to the success of Tasmania's planning reforms, which have included the introduction of a single state-wide planning template, a new code for residential development and new regional land use strategies.

"The Government's reforms are focussed on reducing costs and barriers to job creating developments and housing through streamlined planning systems," Mr Green said.

According to the Tasmanian Planning Commission, the Minister's declaration of the West Tamar and Meander Valley interim planning schemes 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.

The West Tamar interim scheme applies to the West Tamar municipal area and replaces the West Tamar Planning Scheme 2006, while the Meander Valley interim scheme applies to the Meander Valley municipal area and replaces the Meander Valley Planning Scheme 1995

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

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