Regional Planning Framework Discussion Paper and draft Structure Plan Guidelines

Consultation period 28 November 2022 - 28 February 2023

What's new?  

Have your say on the following Regional Planning Framework Discussion Paper and draft Structure Plan Guidelines currently open for consultation.

Register below for an online presentation to be held on 9 February 2023.


The Minister for Planning has released for consultation the Regional Planning Framework Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper) and the draft Structure Plan Guidelines.

The release of the Discussion Paper commences the review of the regional planning framework.

The regional planning framework refers to the legislative, regulatory or administrative arrangements that support the three regional land use strategies (RLUSs).

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPA Act) provides for the making and, to a limited extent, the review of the RLUSs. The Government intends to deliver reforms to the regional planning framework in two stages. The Discussion Paper seeks your feedback on options for the Stage 1 improvements to the regional planning framework, including how it can better provide for the scope and purpose of the RLUSs and processes around their assessment, review and amendment.

These improvements to the regional planning framework will support the comprehensive review of the RLUSs that will follow the making of the Tasmanian Planning Policies later in 2023.

The ongoing governance arrangements and data requirements for RLUSs will be considered in Stage 2 of the Regional Planning Framework review, considering the ongoing resourcing needs and the outcomes of other projects like the Future of Local Government Review.

The Discussion Paper also introduces the draft Structure Plan Guidelines (SPGs) for comment.  Structure plans provide an important strategic link between the RLUS and the Local Provisions Schedules in the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. They should guide the development or redevelopment of settlements by integrating and coordinating future land uses, development, and infrastructure provision in a sustainable and orderly manner.

The draft SPGs aim to establish agreed processes, content and inputs for the preparation of structure plans.


The SPO is inviting submissions on the Regional Planning Framework Discussion Paper and the draft Structure Plan Guidelines. Consultation will be open for 3 months until 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Key Documents

How to Have Your Say

You can have your say by posting or emailing your written submission to the State Planning Office. Submissions must be received by our Office before the consultation period closes.

Postal address:

State Planning Office
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123

Email address:

Personal information

Submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website unless confidentiality is specifically requested. No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be presented to Parliament or published.

For further information, please contact the State Planning Office by emailing or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy.

Online Presentation

The SPO is delivering an online presentation on the Regional Planning Framework and draft Structure Plan Guidelines.

When: Thursday 9 February 2023, 2pm
Duration: 1 hour
Where: Online (Microsoft Teams)

To register, please email The SPO will forward you a web link and teams invitation where you can access the presentation closer to the date.

What happens next?

Regional Framework Timeline