Resource Management and Planning System (RMPS)
Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993
Schedule 1 Objectives – Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993
State Policies and Projects Act 1993
In the early 1990's the Tasmanian government developed a set of objectives for resource management and planning. These objectives are included as a Schedule to each of the Acts that form part of the integrated system. There are a number of provisions within these Acts requiring that specific functions must ‘seek to further the objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System’. The principal Acts forming the RMPS, in which the Commission has a major role, are the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, State Policies and Projects Act 1993 and the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997.
The objectives of the RMPS are:
The Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 was introduced in 1994 as part of the RMPS. This Act establishes processes for:
The Act requires consistency between planning schemes and regional land use strategies.
Schedule 1 Objectives of the Act includes both the objectives of the RMPS (Part 1) and the objectives of the planning process established by the Act (Part 2).
Part 2, Schedule 1 objectives are:
|(a)||to require sound strategic planning and co-ordinated action by State and local government; and|
|(b)||to establish a system of planning instruments to be the principal way of setting objectives, policies and controls for the use, development and protection of land; and|
|(c)||to ensure that the effects on the environment are considered and provide for explicit consideration of social and economic effects when decisions are made about the use and development of land; and|
|(d)||to require land use and development planning and policy to be easily integrated with environmental, social, economic, conservation and resource management policies at State, regional and municipal levels; and|
|(e)||to provide for the consolidation of approvals for land use or development and related matters, and to co-ordinate planning approvals with related approvals; and|
|(f)||to secure a pleasant, efficient and safe working, living and recreational environment for all Tasmanians and visitors to Tasmania; and|
|(g)||to conserve those buildings, areas or other places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical interest, or otherwise of special cultural value; and|
|(h)||to protect public infrastructure and other assets and enable the orderly provision and co-ordination of public utilities and other facilities for the benefit of the community; and|
|(i)||to provide a planning framework which fully considers land capability.|
A planning directive is a mechanism that provides direction on a wide range of planning matters including:
Anyone, including councils, government agencies, individuals and the Commission can prepare a draft planning directive. Read more about the assessment process.
There are five planning directives that have been issued by the Minister for Planning.
State Policies represent the government's overarching position on sustainable development policy issues and may contain matters relating to one or more of the following:
A State Policy:
Current State Policies are:
National Environment Protection Measures (NEPMs) are automatically adopted as State Policies under section 12A of the State Policies and Projects Act 1993 and are administered by the Environment Protection Authority. They are developed under the National Environmental Protection Council (Tasmania) Act 1995 and outline nationally common objectives to protect or manage aspects of the environment relating to any one or more of the following:
The following NEPMs have been adopted as Tasmanian State Polices:
See the Environment Protection and Heritage Council website for more information.