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Take the Politics out of Planning

15 November 2016

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Notes the large public meeting held at the Hobart Town Hall on 8 November 2016 to discuss widespread anxiety about the substantial negative impacts to Tasmania of the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme.


(2) Acknowledges the evidence presented at the meeting about the disastrous changes to Victorian land and street scapes that have resulted from intervention by politicians into their planning system.


(3) Understands that Victoria has abolished their independent state planning agency, moved local land planning into a state agency under direct ministerial control, and suffered constant ministerial intervention on controversial planning decisions.

 

(4) Recognises that the Tasmanian Planning Scheme enshrines this same approach, that it dramatically reduces the authority of the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission, allows ministerial over-ride of planning decisions and reduces third party appeals and the community’s right-to-say.


(5) Recognises that under the guise of cutting red tape, the Liberal Government has created a red carpet for developers and have made planning decisions political in Tasmania.


(6) Calls on the Government to amend the legislation to remove the ability for Ministerial signoff and replace the right of communities to have a real say about where they live and their future.