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Gutwein Steamrolls Complex Reforms Ignoring Tasmanian Planning Commission

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 9 March 2017

Tags: Statewide Planning Scheme

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes the Ministerial approval to make the State Planning Provisions on 22 February 2017.

(2) Respects that this was a sad day for all Tasmanians aware of the threat this approval brings to environmental values, local character, and our built and cultural heritage.

(3) Further notes the Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon. Peter Gutwein MP, has steamrolled through complex reforms, showing contempt for the Tasmanian community, democratic process, and the independent Tasmanian Planning Commission.

(4) Recognises the Liberal Government prevented the Tasmanian Planning Commission having a free hand to properly review the impact of the changes by limiting their Terms of Reference and timeframes, with the Commission given less than 7 weeks to conduct their assessment of 429 pages of dense planning rules, following the public hearings process.

(5) Calls on the Minister for Planning and Local Government to respond to the Tasmanian Planning Commission statement in their report that the timeframes were too short to look at the impact on amenity and character in residential areas, despite these being critical to the operation of a planning scheme.

(6) Understands, the Natural Assets Code is a disaster for protecting Tasmania’s endangered plants and animals, risking the very environmental values that make Tasmania unique.

(7) Calls on the Minister for Planning and Local Government to explain why he rejected the Commission’s recommendation to throw out the “Natural Assets” Code and start the process from scratch, despite the Tasmanian Planning Commission stating their lack of confidence in the vegetation mapping that will guide council decisions about land clearing.

(8) Calls on Minister for Planning and Local Government to explain why the Commission was also prevented from adding in extra planning material, and despite objections from councils, why Tasmania will now have no Stormwater Code as a result.