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Media Release – 12 March 2021  LGAT decision a welcome rejection of another push to weaken planning  Please note LGAT voting results below  Tasmania’s Planning Matters Alliance (PMAT) today welcomed the decision of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) to reject a motion seeking to investigate removing planning decisions from councils and to have […]

Media Release – 12 March 2021 

LGAT decision a welcome rejection of another push to weaken planning 

Please note LGAT voting results below 

Tasmania’s Planning Matters Alliance (PMAT) today welcomed the decision of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) to reject a motion seeking to investigate removing planning decisions from councils and to have councils replaced by ‘independent’ expert panels.

Mayors/General Managers representing Tasmania’s 29 local councils rejected a motion that PMAT described as a further attempt to reduce democratic decision making and minimise community involvement in development decisions, something set to advantage developers at the expense of local people, character and amenity.

“PMAT, awarded Australia’s 2020 Planning Champion by the Planning Institute of Australia, is working to strengthen planning rules and increase community empowerment in development decisions to protect the things that make Tasmania special so the rejection of a move to weaken local involvement in development decisions is welcome,” said Sophie Underwood, spokesperson for PMAT.

“Planning defines how our communities look and feel – how we live, work, travel and play and can influence our mental and physical health. Local councils are the closest level of government to the people and maintaining a strong role for councils in development decisions is the best was to engage and empower communities.

 ‘Independent’ expert panels can lead to poor outcomes for people, local amenity and the environment. One need only look at fish farms and forestry to witness decisions that prioritise industry over community which can lead to ongoing conflict and angst.

“The approval of fish farms and forestry is demonstrably failing many local communities and the environment that sustains them so it’s not a model we should expand to other types of development.

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“Local councils know and represent their communities and can be held accountable for the discretionary decisions they make.  We know that state government planning rules can unfortunately override a Council’s ability to fully represent their ratepayers, but  let’s strengthen, not weaken their hand in the planning process.”

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/03/lgat-decision-welcome-rejection-of-another-push-to-weaken-planning/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lgat-decision-welcome-rejection-of-another-push-to-weaken-planning

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