The Tasmanian Planning Scheme came into effect for the Devonport local government area on Wednesday 18 November 2020. Devonport is the second council in the State to implement the single statewide planning scheme.
Devonport Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said the transition to the Tasmanian Planning Scheme forms a key part of the State Government’s reforms to the land use planning system, and the new planning scheme will provide greater consistency in the planning controls that apply across the state.
“It is a pleasing outcome for Devonport City Council that we have been able to successfully navigate this transition to the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, and to be one of the first councils to deliver on this important planning reform initiative,” Mayor Rockliff said.
“With Devonport fast becoming a more attractive location for development and investment, it is now more important than ever that we have clear and transparent rules in the form of a contemporary planning scheme to guide the growth and sustainable development of the city”
Through amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA), the Tasmanian State Government has legislated for the introduction of a single state-wide planning scheme to be known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The Tasmanian Planning Scheme will replace all existing local council planning schemes in Tasmania.
Each local council is required to prepare a Local Provisions Schedule as part of the transition to the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
In general terms the Tasmanian Planning Scheme will comprise two parts:
(1) a set of standardised state-wide planning rules called the State Planning Provisions (as made by the State Government) which contain administrative/operational provisions, and the provisions for a standard suite of zones and codes; and
(2) a Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) which contains the zone and code overlay maps that apply the SPPs to a local council area.
The assessment and approval of the Devonport Local Provisions Schedule was completed by the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission.