Declaration of amended Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy
The Minister for Planning, after consulting with the Tasmanian Planning Commission, the relevant planning authorities, and the relevant State Service Agencies in accordance with section 5A(4) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the LUPA Act), has declared an amended Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy (STRLUS). The LUPA Act requires the Minister to keep the regional strategies in constant review.
The amended STRLUS came into effect on 13 July 2022 :
The amendment made to the STRLUS includes:
- inserting regional policy SRD 1.1A into the Settlement and Residential Development Strategy to enable the consideration of contemporary residential supply and demand information for rezoning proposals in towns defined as Major District Centres, District Towns and Townships.
Currently the STRLUS sets numerical quotas on dwelling growth in Major District Centres, District Towns and Townships over a 25 year period. This does not allow the consideration of contemporary residential supply and demand analysis, particularly where growth projections have changed.
This amendment to the STRLUS provides an opportunity for residential growth to be considered, by setting out the strategic planning investigation and analysis required to support a proposal for further growth.
The amendment requires strategic planning investigation and analysis to include:
- contemporary supply and demand analysis demonstrating a need for the growth, as well as consideration for any other regional or sub-regional supply and demand analysis;
- consideration for the settlement’s role in the existing regional settlement hierarchy in the STRLUS;
- the capacity for social and physical infrastructure to meet the requirements of the proposed growth; and
- settlement structure planning that incorporates a range of planning matters including servicing and infrastructure, with demonstrated consultation with relevant State agencies and infrastructure providers.
Any proposals for residential growth will be considered through normal planning scheme amendment (rezoning) process. This will include an assessment against the full set of policies in the STRLUS, as well as any requirements under the LUPA Act, the Tasmanian Planning Policies (when made) and the State Policies.
Other Recent STRLUS Amendments
Amendment dated: 24 November 2021
- Added part of the area of land at 69 Brighton Road, Brighton within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), as shown in Map 10 of the STRLUS.
The amendment provides Brighton with an equivalent amount of residential land to that which has recently been removed from Brighton’s residential land supply for the future Brighton High School.
Amendment dated: 22 September 2021
- A new regional policy SRD 2.12 enabling the consideration of a rezoning proposal for a lot area of up to 2ha that is outside, but adjoining, the Greater Hobart Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) provided it meets the necessary criteria and other relevant regional policies in the STRLUS.
- Revisions to the implementation statement in the STRLUS to limit the application of new regional policy SRD 2.12 to amendments to interim planning schemes or amendments to Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs).
- A minor adjustment to the UGB in Map 10 to include the remaining area of land at 66 Summerhill Road, West Hobart.
The amendment corrects an anomaly in the UGB at 66 Summerhill Road, West Hobart, as requested by Hobart City Council, and allows for any similar anomalies to be considered through the normal planning scheme amendment process without first adjusting the STRLUS.
Frequently Asked Questions
A number of Greater Hobart Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) anomalies have been addressed in the STRLUS since its declaration in 2011. The new regional policy SRD 2.12 is intended as an interim measure to provide a more efficient approach for managing anomalies in the UGB without the need to make incremental adjustments to the UGB in the STRLUS.
This amendment to the STRLUS forms part of the Phase 2 Planning Reforms that will take place over the next 2-3 years providing for comprehensive reviews of the three regional land use strategies in Tasmania and include:
- establishing a suite of Tasmanian Planning Policies that provide a state wide vision and framework for the planning system; and
- providing improvements to the process for preparing, reviewing and consulting the community on regional land use strategies.
The Greater Hobart MetroPlan project, which also forms part of the Phase 2 Planning Reforms, will provide a detailed review of the residential growth strategies for the four councils subject to the Greater Hobart Act 2019.
The 2ha lot area limit was determined following a comprehensive GIS mapping analysis of all land that shared a common boundary with the UGB, and also took into account feedback received on the proposed amendment.
The 2ha limit is considered to provide a reasonable threshold for capturing any remaining anomalies in the UGB map, subject to meeting the criteria in SRD 2.12 and addressing the other relevant regional polices in the STRLUS.
The term ‘lot’ used in new regional policy SRD 2.12(b) is intended to have the same meaning as defined in the State Planning Provisions and in Planning Directive No. 1. This is consistent with other references to ‘lot’ in section 19 and other parts of the STRLUS.
This means “a piece or parcel of land where there is only one title other than a lot within the meaning of the Strata Titles Act 1998”.
Definitions are not provided for ‘locality’ or ‘significant increase’ to enable appropriate professional judgement to be made against the relevant criteria in determining the suitability of any rezoning proposal.
These terms are already used without specific definitions for determining the application of the Rural Living Zone under regional policy SRD 1.3 in the STRLUS.
SRD 2.12 is intended as an interim measure for addressing any remaining anomalies in the UGB and therefore should not require a full land supply and demand analysis for the entirety of Greater Hobart as anticipated by regional policies SRD 2.2 and 2.8.
A localised land supply analysis may be required to address the criteria in SRD 2.12 to ensure that significant areas of land are not rezoned outside the UGB in a particular locality.
SRD 2.12 does not apply to the assessment of the remaining draft LPS in the Southern Region to avoid any additional delays to the assessment process. A similar approach was taken for a recent amendment to the Northern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy.
Amendments made to regional land use strategies during the LPS assessment can potentially complicate the process and require the Tasmanian Planning Commission to undertake a re-assessment of the LPS creating further delays for implementation of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
SRD 2.12 can still be applied to amendments to the remaining interim planning schemes and amendments to approved LPSs.
In accordance with Information Sheet RLUS 1 – Reviewing and Amending the Regional Land Use Strategies (PDF, 157.2 KB), requests for amendments to the STRLUS may still be considered by the Minister for land that does not meet the criteria in SRD 2.12. Any requests to amend the STRLUS should first be made to the relevant local council.
For land within the four council areas subject to the Greater Hobart Act 2019, it is preferable that any consideration of changes to the UGB be made through the detailed work currently underway as part of the Greater Hobart MetroPlan.
Amendment dated: 19 February 2020
- A minor adjustment to the UGB in Map 10 to include a portion of the land at 22 Atkins Street, Rokeby within the UGB.
Amendment dated: 9 May 2018
- The insertion of an implementation statement and the Tasmanian Planning Scheme Addendum for application to the Local Provisions Schedules as part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
- Minor adjustments to the UGB in Map 10 to include the land at 56-62 Forcett Street, Sorell and a portion of the land at 369 (or 353) Lenah Valley Road, Lenah Valley within the UGB.
Amendment dated: 14 September 2016
- Minor adjustments to the UGB in Map 10 in to include land off Woodhurst Road, Seven Mile Beach and a portion of the land at 25 Stevens Farm Road, West Hobart within the UGB.
Amendment dated: 1 October 2013 (Gazetted: 13 November 2013)
A number of amendments to:
- clarify the effect and scope of the regional strategies to assist with the assessment of the interim planning schemes that was being undertaken at the time;
- incorporate the Southern Tasmanian Industrial Land Study and Southern Tasmanian Industrial Land Strategy;
- clarify the requirements for the spatial application of the Rural Living Zone and Environmental Living Zone;
- adjust the UGB to align with previously approved planning scheme amendments and to correct various anomalies;
- depict the UGB with a higher degree of accuracy to assist with interpretation and assessment; and
- correct various clerical errors.