A public meeting to discuss a fast-tracked rezoning process for housing at Huntingfield Park has called on the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the proposed Housing Supply Order and for the government to proceed with any future rezoning proposals through the standard planning scheme amendment process.
The RAA process governs the Parks and Wildlife Service’s assessment of proposed developments on approximately 50% of Tasmania, so it’s essential the process is robust.
A long-awaited review of the Reserve Activity Assessment Process (RAA), the internal government process by which developments in national parks and reserves are assessed, has stalled with no apparent progress for over a year. Stakeholders are unable to get clear information on progress, timelines and the formal process regarding consultation. It appears that the state government has abandoned this critically important review of the RAA or put it off indefinitely in the hope that currently proposed developments are approved under the existing deeply flawed process.
Eleven community groups (outlined below) working to protect values in publicly-owned parks and reserves are frustrated they cannot get clarity on the review and have resorted to lodging a Right to Information (RTI) request to seek transparency.
Read PMAT Media Release here.
PMAT helped secure eight amendments to the Land Use Planning Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies and Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018. This passed with tri-partisan support in the Tasmanian Parliament in November 2018.
PMAT met with Labor, the Greens and briefed the Legislative Council on the amendments, which enhance accountability and transparency by increasing the role of Parliament, the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the community in the development of Tasmanian Planning Policies.
Strategic statewide policies have been a missing component of the Resource Management and Planning System for a very long time, and though PMAT’s preference is for the development of State Policies as they provide for a whole of Government approach, (as opposed to Tasmanian Planning Policies, which have limited scope), we welcomed efforts to develop strategic policies.
Read PMAT’s Media Release here.
Submissions have been invited on the principles of how Tasmania’s Local Government should be legally established and elected; how it should provide services to its community; and how it should be accountable to the community.
The Review’s Terms of Reference and governance structure is available here.
Submissions close on 1 March 2019.
Sophie Underwood, coordinator of Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania, gave this presentation to a full-day seminar on 22 October 2018 at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre. The seminar was organised by the Tasmanian Division of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania has released its Planning Policy Election Scorecard, ranking the three main political parties against ten criteria.
For the first time, thanks to the talents of Tasmanian illustrator, Josh Pringle, it's possible to see all the ways the Liberal's new planning laws would damage Tasmania's precious way of life and where we live.
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Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania has launched its planning policy checker so you can now determine where political parties and candidates stand on planning issues and how the Liberals' new planning laws could harm Tasmania's precious way of life and the areas we live, work and play in.
Please download and share with people so that more people understand what's at stake this election.
For a detailed analysis of how the parties rated please read our media release.
If you want better planning laws in Tasmania now is the time to speak up. Please contact your local mayor and councillors asking for a review of the residential standards of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
Revelations the Hodgman government secretly approved an ‘Authority’ for the Mt Wellington Cable Car Company to enter protected land on the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to begin drilling as part of the controversial cable car project, just days before the Tasmanian state election was called, highlights the lack of proper process and need for robust planning laws.
The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania has launched a television and social media campaign that raises the issue of the Hodgman Government’s weakened planning laws and the reduced ability of the community to participate in planning decisions and challenge bad developments
The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust welcome the Greens Party policy on planning, Planning for People, which was released this morning.
A Mount Wellington Cable Car Company public meeting for ‘South Hobart residents only’ has been suddenly cancelled despite significant local resident interest and the imminent closure of public consultation on the Hodgman Government’s proposed Major Projects legislation.
In August 2017 Sophie Underwood from Planning Matters Tasmania joined three other panelists at a Tasmanian Leaders Conference to talk about 'disruptive development' and how to engage rather than polarise community views.
Much-loved Tasmanian and international actor Essie Davis helped launch the Planning Matters Alliance in July 2017 at the beautiful Brooke Street Larder on Hobart’s waterfront.
Forty-six community groups encompassing a wide cross section of interests will formally launch an alliance that will take a positive agenda for planning scheme reform to the next state election, and seek to reverse the weakened and undemocratic regulations being introduced by the Hodgman Government.