New planning scheme template introduced in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green last week announced Tasmania's "biggest single planning reform to streamline approvals and facilitate development."

A new state-wide template will be incorporated into all future local council planning schemes to provide for a common state-wide framework, format and structure.

Mr Green said the changes were a "major reform that will help make Tasmania a more attractive place to live and invest."

"This is the new rule book for Tasmania's planning system. The template will deliver the consistency and certainty that local councils, developers and the public have been calling for," Mr Green said.

Calling the Planning Scheme Template a major milestone in the evolution of Tasmania's planning system, Mr Green said the reform was designed to strike the right balance between providing investor confidence and good planning outcomes.

"It will ease the frustrations of developers who in the past have had to work through a cumbersome planning process."

All councils will be required to comply with the state-wide rules in their new planning schemes. The changes will come into effect when gazetted.

Mr Green said the template is a key component of planning reforms for Tasmania.  Future reforms will include a streamlined approvals process for the residential building code, which Mr Green said would be announced "very soon."

Mr Green also said that new regional planning strategies will be implemented over the coming months to further enhance the state's planning system.

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