Interim planning schemes

In 2010 the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act) was amended to make planning schemes more consistent. Regional land use strategies for each of the State’s three regions were declared and draft interim planning schemes were prepared by councils.

Each 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.

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.

There are 28 interim planning schemes in effect it Tasmania, with the Flinders Planning Scheme 2000 and the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 being the only remaining planning schemes made under the former Act provisions.

Interim planning schemes can continue to be amended under the savings and transitional provisions of the Act under which the former Act provisions remain in force alongside new provisions that provide for the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (including the State Planning Provisions and Local Planning Schedules) and the making of Tasmanian Planning Policies.