Planning and Local Government

A modern and effective planning scheme is essential in shaping the future of Tasmania and protecting the values and principles that make our state unique.

Labor is committed to ensuring that the planning system facilitates sensible development while preserving the right for Tasmanians to have their say.

What’s the issue?

The Liberal Government has made a mess of planning reform. They promised a simpler, faster and fairer single statewide planning scheme but they have delivered a half-finished mess of interim planning schemes and uncertainty over state call-in powers.

Who’s Labor talking to?

Labor has worked closely with Local Government and planning groups to identify the sensible middle ground on planning matters. We will continue to work closely with the community in monitoring the next stages of the Liberal Government’s planning changes.

What will Labor do?

A Labor Government will ensure State Planning Policies (such as liveability, heritage, natural and environmental values, biodiversity, coastal, climate change, settlement, sustainable transport and infrastructure strategies) are developed in consultation with the community.

Labor will ensure Local Councils are appropriately resourced to develop Local Provisions Schedules (LPS’s) for unique areas which may not fit within the generic State Planning Provisions. This includes the protection of local character, amenity and special values.

A Labor Government will always protect third party rights of appeal for discretionary development applications. Labor recognises that one of the important principles underpinning the decision to have a single Statewide Planning Scheme was to simplify and provide certainty of approval and conditions for permitted use developments.

Labor will ensure a free Planning Advice and Information Service is made available to people to provide professional advice and support for planning scheme and development application issues.

Labor will ensure that a review is conducted into the new planning system to give everyone in the community the chance to provide input about ways to improve outcomes and ensure our planning framework reflects contemporary community expectations and values. Labor will seek to both simplify and improve the operation of the new planning system, and to lay foundations for further future transformative initiatives.

A majority Labor Government will continue to only support the voluntary amalgamations of Councils. Labor plans to continue to work with the Local Government sector to reform and improve outcomes for ratepayers in partnership with the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

Labor will conduct a Fees and Charges Review, after the completion of the implementation of the Statewide Planning Scheme, to ensure a greater degree of consistency for developers across different municipal areas.

Following the review of fees and charges a Labor Government will work with Councils to better understand the roles and functions between State and Local Government to ensure less duplication and better coordination of essential services for all Tasmanians.

Partnership Agreements between the State Government and Local Councils will be developed to build shared vision and outcomes across community development, infrastructure, education, health, wellbeing and employment.

Find out more about Labor’s Plans to Put People First.