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Media Release – Tasmanian Conservation Trust and Tasmanian Planning Matters Alliance, 25 March 2021 Liberals out to demolish democracy in the Planning System Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Scheme Modification) Bill 2020 was tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament on Tuesday this week and is to be debated in the lower house today. Members of […]

Media Release – Tasmanian Conservation Trust and Tasmanian Planning Matters Alliance, 25 March 2021

Liberals out to demolish democracy in the Planning System

Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Scheme Modification) Bill 2020 was tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament on Tuesday this week and is to be debated in the lower house today. Members of parliament have not seen this bill before Tuesday and it seems the government is desperate to force this legislation through prior to an election being called.

“The Government’s legislation is not needed and the government has failed to provide an explanation for it. It is our view that the Government is pushing these amendments through purely for political reasons, to complete the Statewide Planning Scheme and claim a success for the upcoming state election,” said Tasmanian Conservation Trust CEO Peter McGlone.

“The government’s amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act will fast track Local Planning Schedules and therefore bring the Statewide Planning Scheme into effect across the state almost immediately,” Mr McGlone continued.

“The cost of fast tracking the Statewide Planning Scheme is a loss of democracy in the planning system, less community input on local character and greater ministerial power,” said Sophie Underwood, Tasmanian Coordinator, Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania.

To fast track the completion of the LPSs the Government has proposed numerous amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act, including:

–        to remove the right of community to provide input on draft “substantial modifications” to LPSs, and bizarrely having consultation after the LPS comes into force;

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–        further amendments allow developments to be assessed and approved against the final LPSs including the “substantial modifications” before the consultation occurs;

–        allowing the Minister to direct parts of the Statewide Planning Provisions to be given effect through changes to existing interim planning schemes without any public comment or independent oversight by the TPC;

–        allowing the TPC to incorporate amendments that have been made to an interim planning scheme into a draft LPS without any opportunity for public representations.

“These changes are a massive power grab for the Gutwein government and a broken promise made by Mr Gutwein that the community would have input to planning rules in their local area,” said Mr McGlone.

“The communities in 17 municipal areas that have not yet gone public with their Draft LPSs will be given far less opportunity than the 12 that have already done so, treating many Tasmanians like second-class citizens,” said Sophie Underwood.

“The proposed amendments to Land Use Planning and Approvals Act have come on top of numerous other changes to LUPA, including changes to the Statewide Planning Scheme, over recent years. The proposed changes add even greater complexity to already complex legislative processes that relate to amending the State Planning Provisions and finalising the Local Planning Provisions. The end result will also be a more unwieldy and ineffective Statewide Planning Scheme,” said Mr McGlone.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/03/democracy-in-the-planning-system/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=democracy-in-the-planning-system

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