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Greens Release ‘Planning For People’ Policy

4 Feb 2018

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Planning spokesperson

The Liberals rushed through the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, written by developers for development interests. It weakens the planning rules that protect our way of life and the local character people love, and threatens our clean green brand, as well as the history that enriches and binds communities.

Tasmanians have lost their say, and the ability to control planning decisions.

Community groups across Tasmania have formed to defend people’s backyards, streets and wild places from the Liberals’ attack on our planning laws. The Greens understand it’s communities who should shape the character of their place, and have the right to have a real say and to appeal decisions.

The Greens’ ‘Planning for People’ policy will amend the Tasmanian Planning Scheme to protect the liveability of towns and rural areas, improve environmental protection, and give people a real say in planning decisions.*

We will provide $8 million over four years to restore the function of the Tasmanian Planning Commission and reduce the cost to appeal planning decisions through the Resource Management Planning Appeal Tribunal.

We will also require all developments on reserves and Crown Land to be discretionary and prohibit commercial development in National Parks. These are places that are protected in law as public land and our planning laws should honour that.

Our policy removes ministerial call-in powers for projects and their ability to override advice of the independent Planning Commission.  

How we use and develop our land has long-term budgetary and resilience implications, and effects the quality of life of every Tasmanian. The Greens will develop six new State Policies covering the big issues across all agencies and levels of government - Climate change, Settlement, transport and infrastructure, Biodiversity management, Public consultation, Health and wellbeing, and Cultural preservation.

We will also fund an overdue review of the State Coastal Policy, recommended by the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

The Greens are serious about planning for the long term, and addressing the big issues facing Tasmania - like climate change. Our ‘Planning for People’ policy will enshrine the community’s voice in planning and protect what makes our towns, cities and environment special into the future.