Changes to the planning legislation
In 2014 the Government first introduced changes to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA) to streamline the processes for finalising interim planning schemes and amending planning schemes, and a range of other measures to improve the planning system.
In late 2015, further amendments to LUPAA were made to provide for the introduction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS) to deliver greater consistency in the planning rules across the State, providing greater certainty to investors and the community.
LUPAA has been further amended to expand the scope of the savings and transitional provisions. This will assist councils in preparing their Local Provisions Schedule for their municipal area, which when approved will form part of the TPS.
Tasmanian Planning Scheme
The TPS has two key elements:
- the State Planning Provisions (SPPs), which were made on 22 February 2017; and
- local councils’ Local Provision Schedules (LPSs) which apply the SPPs at the municipal level, and are currently being developed.
The TPS will be the single planning scheme for Tasmania, replacing 30 planning schemes that currently exist. The LPSs will also contain the particular purpose zones, specific area plans and site-specific qualifications for each local council area which have been approved for unique sites.
Tasmanian Planning Policies
In December 2018, LUPAA was amended to establish the provisions by which the Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPP) may be prepared, made, amended, implemented and reviewed.
Under the new provisions, the Government intends to prepare Tasmanian Planning Policies to give strategic direction to Tasmania’s planning system including principles to support economic development and the future needs of the community. These will be implemented predominantly through the regional land use strategies and Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
The Government also intends to introduce further legislation to deliver on reforms for the assessment of major development proposals to make the process more efficient, provide greater certainty to proponents earlier in the assessment process and improve transparency and public involvement.