Tasmanian town planning laws to be simplified


Tasmanian town planning laws to be simplified

Posted on Wednesday, November 11 2015 at 5:09 PM

The Tasmanian Government is introducing legislation to simplify the state’s planning process.

Peter Gutwein,
Tasmania’s Minister for Planning and Local Government, says new laws will
ensure 80 per cent state-wide consistency across its Local Government Areas.

At present,
there’s only 15 per cent consistency across Tasmania’s 29 councils, a system
Gutwein describes as a “nightmare”.

“The [new] planning
system will be faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper, which will encourage more
confidence for those looking to invest and expand,” he says.

Mary Massina,
executive chair of the Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce, says the changes
have been a long time coming.

A single state-wide
planning scheme will remove what Massina calls the “single biggest barrier to
investment and job creation”.

“The creation of
a single set of planning rules will take Tasmania from the worst to first,” she

Brian Wightman,
Tasmanain executive director of the Property Council, says the state had been
ranked last in his organisation’s Development
Assessment Report Card 2015
, but the new reforms should change next year’s

The reforms will
deliver consistency, drive improvement and “lead to the state moving off the
bottom rung of the planning ladder”, Wightman says.

“The property
sector is a major player in the state’s economy, contributing $2 billion in
Gross State Product, employing seven per cent of the workforce and driving a
significant resurgence of activity across Tasmania.”

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