The Policies

The Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs) will form a critical part of Tasmania’s land use planning system and help to shape what we want Tasmania to look like into the future. They will include matters that reflect sound planning principles that are consistent with current Government policy and programs and form part of Tasmania’s integrated system of land use planning instruments contained in the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA) – which in turn, forms part of the Resource Management and Planning System (RMPS).

Under LUPAA, these land use planning instruments include regional land use strategies at section 5A, and the Tasmanian Planning Scheme that comprises the State Planning Provisions (SPPs) in Part 3 and the Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs) in Part 3A.

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Polices and Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2018 commenced on 17 December 2018, and it amends LUPAA by establishing a mechanism to prepare, make, amend, implement and review a suite of TPPs.

The TPPs may relate to:

  • the sustainable use, development, protection or conservation of land;
  • environmental protection;
  • liveability, health and wellbeing of the community;
  • any other matter that may be included in a planning scheme or a regional land use strategy.

The TPPs will include principles to support sound strategic land use planning that include sustainable economic development, social and economic wellbeing, settlement and liveable communities, transport and infrastructure, key resources, cultural heritage and natural values, and hazards and risks.

The TPPs are a subordinate level of policy to the Tasmanian Sustainable Development Policies (State Policies) and will only affect Tasmania’s land use planning system. They will provide strategic direction on land use planning matters by informing the regional land use strategies and the content and scope of the SPPs and LPSs. This means that the TPPs will not be self-executing or directly override decisions on development applications made under other parts of the land use planning system. They will be implemented through the regional land use strategies and the SPPs and LPSs that form the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.

The diagram shows the relationship of the TPPs to other decision-making instruments within Tasmania’s land use planning policy and strategy framework.

The new provisions to LUPAA:

  • ensure that the TPPs are consistent with Tasmanian State Policies;
  • ensure that the regional land use strategies are consistent with the TPPs;
  • ensure that planning controls in Tasmania’s land use planning system – both the SPPs and LPSs – are consistent with the TPPs;
  • provide the mechanism for the Government to prepare, amend, consult and determine whether the draft TPPs meet the ‘TPP criteria’, which includes needing to further the objectives set out in Schedule 1 of LUPAA and being consistent with Tasmanian State Policies; and
  • provide the mechanism for the Government to conduct regular and periodic reviews of the TPPs.

In addition, because the TPPs may be finalised while some of the current interim planning schemes are still in effect, new provisions to LUPAA under Schedule 6, require any amendment to these planning schemes to also be consistent with the TPPs.

Formal preparation of a draft of the TPPs will commence in 2019.

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies and Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2018 and Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 are available at Tasmanian Legislation Online.

A series of fact sheets are available that explain key aspects of the TPP preparation and assessment process, including how they will be made, amended, implemented and reviewed.