First phase of planning reforms passed by Tasmanian Parliament

THE Tasmanian Government's first tranche of legislation that aims to make the state's planning system 'fairer, faster, cheaper and simpler' was last week passed by the Legislative Council, after having been passed by the House of Assembly earlier in the month.

In a statement, Planning Minister Peter Gutwein said the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Streamlining of Process) Bill 2014 is a key part of the government's long-term plan for Tasmania to drive investment and create jobs.

The Bill makes a number of amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and the Local Government (Building and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993. It aims to provide a more streamlined process for interim planning schemes and for making amendments to all planning schemes.

"It will bring to a speedy conclusion the previous Labor-Green Government's lengthy, drawn out interim planning scheme process, which would have taken at least another four years to complete and still wouldn't have delivered state-wide consistency," Mr Gutwein said.

Outskirts of Hobart city
Photo: Outskirts of Hobart city / by Alex Proimos.

According to the Minister, the interim scheme process will be finalised at the one consistent level across Tasmania to provide the platform on which to implement the state-wide planning scheme, with further legislation to be introduced next year.

"For too long our overly complex planning system has been a handbrake to the economy and investment," he said.

"With the recent appointment of the Coordinator-General we are ready to capitalise on investment and our reforms will streamline approvals and introduce a single statewide planning scheme to provide the consistency and certainty that investment requires."

Photo: 'Outskirts of Hobart city' / Alex Proimos / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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