Interim planning schemes

In 2010 the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act) was amended to make planning schemes more consistent. After first preparing regional land use strategies in each of the State’s three regions, it was then the job of each council to prepare an interim planning scheme. The interim planning scheme had to be consistent with the regional land use strategy and it had to be written in the same style as all planning schemes being prepared in the State – in accordance with the Planning Scheme Template for Tasmania.

Regional land use strategies for each of the State’s three regions have been completed and most councils now have interim planning schemes.

In January 2015, the Act was amended again, this time to enable the interim planning scheme process to be brought to a close in readiness for the introduction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme – a new single state-wide planning scheme.

While originally the Commission would have held hearings on each interim planning scheme, only the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 has been through this process. Instead another process, where the Commission must consider certain matters and make recommendations to the Minister (section 30K), was introduced in January 2015.

The Act was amended again on 17 December 2015 to put in place the processes for introduction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, beginning with State Planning Provisions (SPPs).

See draft State Planning Provisions for further information.