On 27 October 2011, the Minister for Planning, Bryan Green MP, by notice in the Tasmanian Government Gazette, declared regional land use strategies for the North West, North and South regional areas of the State.
The regional land use strategies were prepared by regional council bodies (Cradle Coast Authority, Northern Tasmania Development and Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority) and their member councils as part of the Regional Planning Initiative.
On 16 October 2013, the Minister for Planning, Bryan Green MP, by notice in the Tasmanian Government Gazette, declared a revised regional land use strategy for the north of the State, which came into effect on the same day.
The declared regional strategies are available:
Living on the Coast - The Cradle Coast Regional Land Use Planning Framework [PDF, 3.7 MB]
Regional Land Use Strategy of Northern Tasmania [PDF, 3.8 MB]
Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy 2010-2035 [PDF, 14.0 MB, amended 1 October 2013]
The Tasmanian Government has provided over $2.3m funding to the Regional Planning Initiative to develop the three regional land use strategies, and to draft revised planning schemes for the State.
The Regional Planning Initiative covers three regional planning partnership projects, across the northwest, northern and southern regions, which have been established through agreements between State Government and respective councils and regional council bodies.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission engaged PSA Consulting to review the regional strategies against requirements specified for their preparation in those agreements. These reports are available:
PSA Consulting North West Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy MoU Assessment Supplementary Report - 1 September 2011 [PDF, 427.6 KB]
PSA Consulting Northern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy MoU Assessment Supplementary Report - 29 September 2011 [PDF, 441.3 KB]
PSA Consulting Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy MoU Assessment Supplementary Report - 30 September 2011 [PDF, 911.6 KB]
Under the initiative, each region is preparing new planning schemes for each council that will be consistent with the regional land use strategies.
Regional strategies will guide development and investment decisions and encourage a pattern of settlement and infrastructure provision important for the future needs, capabilities and potentials of each region.
Consistency in the new planning schemes will be achieved through applying the new planning scheme template for Tasmania.
The Commission has responsibility for the implementation of the Grant Deeds signed between State and local governments to deliver the three regional projects.
Under the Ministerial Statement of Expectation [333.5 KB], the Commission is required to actively work with the regional areas of the State to ensure that the agreed outputs required are achieved, that they meet legislative requirements and are delivered ontime. The Ministerial Statement of Expectations also requires the Commission to develop a way to update the three regional land use strategies.
As well as the three regional land use strategies, it is anticipated that subregional plans will also be developed.
The Vision East Land Use Framework [PDF, 8.2 MB] considers strategic issues for the east coast of Tasmania.
The Greater Launceston Councils, in conjunction with the State and Federal Governments, is preparing a Greater Launceston Plan – a 20-year vision for the region. Details about the Plan and its progress are available on the Launceston City Council website.
The project aims to produce mapping of coastal areas in Tasmania that have the potential to be significantly affected by climate change, based on elevation, coastal landforms, modelled sea-level rise and storm surge events.
The first stage of this project involves computer modelling of a range of sea-level rise and storm surge scenarios in Tasmania during this century. The project will produce map layers showing potential inundation areas under those scenarios for specific parts of the coastline. A key application of this mapping will be to assist coastal land use planning.
This stage of the project is being coordinated by the Commission with the support of the three regional planning partnership projects, the Office of Security and Emergency Management and the Tasmanian Climate Change Office. This stage of the project is being undertaken by the University of Tasmania with project partners including the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and CSIRO.