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People First Planning Laws

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 15 April 2021

Tags: Planning, Tasmanian Planning Commission

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

The Tasmanian Greens understand the importance of community voices in shaping lutruwita/Tasmania’s future, which is why we have launched our “Planning for People” policy package today.

Communities know the value of their characterful cities, towns, rural areas and wild places. In a shrinking world, difference is rare and valuable. Our policy will make sure governments are taking a holistic approach to forward planning, and engaging with communities about changes to the places they love.

The Greens understand communities should have a say in the character of their own place, and recognise the importance of protecting public open space, heritage and the environment. We will return the right of everyday Tasmanians to have real input into planning decisions, and reduce the barriers to appeal.

Our policies are crucial to stopping the adhoc, developer first decision-making that governments have taken for too long. It’s left Tasmanians with developments that aren’t supported by infrastructure, and has contributed to the housing crisis, congestion problems, and the serious loss of habitat for threatened species.

We’ve seen time and time again that controversial development proposals result in costly delays and legal proceedings. In many cases this can be avoided by having a more robust planning scheme that made sure developments are assessed properly, and have a social license from the community.

The Greens recognise the importance of a strategic, inclusive approach to planning, and understand that supporting communities will help drive positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes into the future. 

Read the policy: