Is the introduction of the State Planning Provisions related to recent changes to the planning rules affecting my land?

There have been a number of changes to the planning rules applying to property recently in Tasmania. These are related to the replacement of older planning schemes with the introduction of new interim planning schemes. There are now 28 interim planning schemes in effect across the State, excluding Flinders Island and the Sullivans Cove planning area.

While these interim planning schemes changes are not connected to the State Planning Provisions, it is anticipated that councils will translate current interim planning scheme zones and overlays, where appropriate, to their Local Provisions Schedule to spatially apply the set of consistent planning rules in the State Planning Provisions.

Although now finalised and made, the State Planning Provisions will not apply to property for some time because the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 requires each council to prepare a Local Provisions Schedule for their municipal area, place it on public exhibition and, with the agreement of the Minister, have it approved by the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Therefore, the current planning rules contained within interim planning schemes will continue to apply until the Local Provisions Schedules for the relevant municipal area has been approved through a later process. When this occurs, the Tasmanian Planning Scheme will apply.

While the preparation of the State Planning Provisions had regard to the provisions in many of the current interim planning schemes, they are not identical and therefore some of the controls in place will change when the Local Provisions Schedules become operational.