Tasmanian Planning Minister outlines next steps for planning system

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Peter Gutwein last week outlined details of proposed changes to the state's planning system, saying that the government believes the proposed reforms will create jobs and help unlock the state's economic potential.

"As the first major step I will be introducing legislation later this year that will draw a line under the previous Labor-Green Government's planning process and enable the government to bring this process to a close," Mr Gutwein said.

The Minister said the legislation will "bring to a speedy conclusion the previous Labor-Green Government's lengthy and drawn out planning agenda which would have taken another four years to complete."

"The interim schemes will then be brought up to the one consistent level across the state to provide the platform on which to deliver the state-wide planning scheme."

Hobart, Tasmania
Photo: Hobart, Tasmania / by Leo Laporte.

Mr Gutwein also said that in the first half of 2015, Parliament will consider new laws to create the framework for the state-wide scheme and a single, state-wide set of planning rules will be developed and rolled out across Tasmania.

"We are getting on with the job to deliver a faster, fairer, cheaper and simpler planning scheme which is vital for our long term plan to make Tasmania more attractive for investment and create jobs," the Minister said.

"For too long Tasmania's overly complex planning system has been a handbrake to the economy. Our reforms will streamline approvals, pave the way to unlock investment and drive economic growth."

Photo: Hobart, Tasmania / 'Hobart Night' / Leo Laporte / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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