Tasmanian Government calls for feedback on draft planning bill

TASMANIAN Planning and Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein has called for feedback on a draft bill that will amend the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to help plan for Tasmania's future land use needs.

Parliament House, Hobart
Above: Parliament House, Hobart / by Jorge Láscar.

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies) Act 2017 introduces several updates to current planning legislation, including:

  • Establishing the mechanism to create Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs) that will provide strategic direction on land use planning;
  • Ensuring that the TPPs are consistent with state policies;
  • Ensuring regional land use strategies are in line with the TPPs; and
  • Ensuring planning controls – both the State Planning Provisions and the Local Provisions Schedules – are consistent with the TPPs.

Mr Gutwein said feedback from local government and other stakeholders has indicated that the development of the new Tasmanian Planning Policies will address widely recognised gaps in the current planning system.

The release of the draft bill follows the finalisation of the State Planning Provisions earlier this year, which provide a consistent set of planning rules, including the Tasmanian Planning Scheme's purpose and objectives, consistent and contemporary planning definitions, exemptions, use classes, and administrative provisions such as development application requirements.

More information is available from the Department of Justice website at <http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation>. The feedback period ends on 15 May 2017.

Photo: Parliament House, Hobart / Jorge Láscar / Licensed under Creative Commons BY 2.0.

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