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Planning

Land use planning identifies where different uses are located - houses, shopping centres, industrial areas. The aim of land use planning is to create liveable, accessible and well connected communities, and to support the development and growth of industry and business.

Different land uses generate different demands on our infrastructure systems, and in this way decisions about where development is located strongly influence future demand for infrastructure. It is a key component in managing infrastructure supply and demand.

By better integrating land use and infrastructure planning, we can ensure that new development makes use of undercapacity in existing infrastructure, rather than creating demand for new infrastructure in un-serviced areas. Many infrastructure related issues can be avoided by locating new development in locations that fit the function and capacity of the existing infrastructure system.

The Tasmanian Infrastructure Strategy links to the Regional Planning Initiatives currently underway in Tasmania's three major regions: the North, North West and South. They will provide region-wide planning frameworks for each of these three regions, including settlement and infrastructure investment strategies.

Linking settlement and infrastructure investment strategies will allow land use to better integrate with infrastructure planning, to ensure that Tasmania's commercial, industrial and residential areas make better use of existing infrastructure, and reduce demand for new, expanded and expensive
infrastructure. Better integration of land use and infrastructure planning will help Tasmania to make the right decisions that benefit current and future generations of Tasmanians.

A vision for Planning

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Characteristics

  • Planning can be reactive, ad-hoc and unconnected
  • Development Application driven and focused
  • Limited effective references to provide direction to decision makers
  • Short term focus
  • Planning documents, e.g. Planning Schemes, need updating 
  • Need to link with infrastructure in place or planned
  • Need for statewide consistency
  • Complex
  • Lack of regional/statewide focus

Key Reforms

  • Institutional Reform
     -Tas Planning Commission established
  • Consistent clear hierarchy of planning documents
     -State policies
     -Planning directives
     -Regional Land Use Strategies (settlement) Planning Schemes
     -Master Plans
     -Development Applications
  • Regional planning initiatives with local government
  • Common provisions in Planning Schemes
  • State of region reporting

Vision Characteristics

  • Co-ordination of land use planning and infrastructure planning
  • Long term focus (30 years)
  • Provide for strategies for settlements and sustainable communities
  • Market led planning - focus on enabling development
  • Statewide consistency
  • Simple system, streamlined assessment processes
  • Simplified planning system for provision of infrastructure

To enable sustainable development

 

• Establish Tasmanian Planning Commission 

• State Infrastructure Planning System in place

 

• Regional land use (settlement) strategies
• Establish Projects of Regional Significance regime
• Enhance data collections - identify key indicators
• State of Region reporting
• State of Infrastructure reporting
• Introduce interim planning schemes with common planning provisions
• Adoption on infrastructure principles by state-owned entities

 

• Establish whole of Government Infrastructure Advisory body 

• Translate regional land use strategies into updated planning schemes 

• Review State Policy framework 

• Review Projects of State Significance framework

 

Benefits for all Tasmanians

  • Right infrastucture in the right place
  • Improved water, digital, transport and energy services
  • Fair price for infrastructure services
  • More reliable infrastructure services
  • Easier process for development approvals for infrastructure

Focus Areas - Planning sustainable communities focused on enabling development

Strategic Directions 

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Coordination of land use planning and infrastructure planning

Clear up to date hierarchy of planning documents

Long term focus of a planning system

 

 

Coordinating land use strategies to State and regional competitive advantages and brands

Current regional land use plans

Planning documents that provide clear direction to stakeholders and decision makers

Streamlined approvals system

 

 

 

 

Simplified planning system for community infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

System is consistent statewide

 

 

 

 Current Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Complete regional land use strategies
(1)

Establish Tasmanian Planning Commission
(null) 

 

 

 

 

Legislation for introduction of interim planning schemes with common planning provisions approved [proclaimed 1 Jan 2010]
(null) 

MOU's with three regional council groups to complete regional land use (settlement) strategies
(null) 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislation  for projects of regional significance approved [proclaimed 1 Jan 2010]
(null)

Establish advisory committees to inform development of regional land use strategies
(1)

 

 

 

 

Initiate Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Translate regional land use strategies into updated planning schemes
(1-3)

Introduce enforcement provisions for planning schemes
(1-3)

Assist with development of strategic asset management system - sustainable funding
(1-3)

 

 

 

Review State Policy Framework
(1-3)

 

 

 

 

Review Projects of State Significance framework
(1-3)

 

 

 

 

 

Introduce State of Region reporting - V focus on development, infrastructure, natural resources
(1-3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enhance data collations - identify key indicators
(1-3)

 

 

 

 

 

(null) = completed
(1) = 1 year to completion
(1-3) = 1-3 years to completion

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