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Planning scheme risks Tasmania’s special edge – Expert

A Tasmanian-based planning consultant has called for significant changes to the proposed provisions of the Statewide Planning scheme, in order to protect the unique, individual character of Tasmania’s cities, towns and neighbourhoods.

Evan Boardman[1] is Director of E3 Planning and will be sharing his insights into Tasmania’s planning scheme reforms at a public information night in Launceston on Tuesday this week. The meeting is being convened by the same 20 community and environment groups who called a packed-out Hobart Town Hall meeting in November.

“The things that make places special are the things that make them different. The proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme provides a unique opportunity to accentuate this difference and ensure that the cities, towns and suburbs of Tasmania stand alone as special places,” said Mr Boardman.

“Instead, the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme seeks to deliver uniformity across Tasmania, whether you live in Longford, Burnie, Hobart, Stanley or Launceston.

“Gone are most of the protections for neighbourhood amenity and character; your views, your privacy and the sunlight into your backyard and home could be lost.

“The risks of a neighbouring development over-shadowing, over-looking and being excessively bulky and dense are greatly increased. If a development fits within a standardised 8.5 m high Building Envelope then your Council may have no choice but to approve a development, regardless of how inappropriate it may be.

“Significant changes must be made to the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme if Tasmanians want to ensure that the things that make Tasmania special remain,” said Mr Boardman.

Meeting organiser Sophie Underwood, a member of the Freycinet Action Network, will join Mr Boardman and Todd Dudley from the North East Bioregional, addressing issues including subdivision and bushfire, developments in parks and reserves, public appeal rights and urban amenity. All three political parties have been invited to attend and the Green’s Rosalie Woodruff will outline her party’s position, while a statement will be read from Labor’s Madeline Ogilvie, who is an apology.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission will hand its report on the State Planning Provisions to Planning Minister Peter Gutwein on Friday next week (9th December). Minister Gutwein has again declined an invitation to participate in the public meeting.

“People need to know that the changes to planning rules are the most profound in decades and apply to every title of land in Tasmania,” said Ms Underwood. “As currently proposed, they weaken protections, reduce assessment rigour and cut back on the community’s ability to participate in planning decisions.

Event details:

PLANNING MATTERS! Public information night
7 – 9 pm, Tuesday 6th December
Pilgrim Uniting Church
34 Patterson Street, Launceston

Meeting organising groups are: Bay of Fires Coastal Preservation Lobby, Beaumaris Action Network, BirdLife Tasmania, Blackmans Bay Residents Action Group, Environment Tasmania, Freycinet Action Network, Friends of Four Mile Creek, Friends of the Blue Tier, Friends of the East Coast, North East Bioregional Network, Precinct 33 Amendments Group, Seymour Community Action Group, South Hobart Progress Association, Southern Beaches Conservation Society, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Tasmanian National Parks Association, Tasmanian Planning Information Network, The Bob Brown Foundation, The Wilderness Society, Woodbridge Community Association.

[1] Evan Boardman, E3 Planning Evan is currently Director at E3 Planning. Previously, Evan has been Development Manager at Solis Tasmania Pty Ltd, Senior Environmental Planner at Pitt & Sherry Consulting, Senior Public Land Use Planner at the Resource Planning and Development Commission, Environment Officer at Local Government Association of Tasmania. In April 2013, Evan authored a report, commissioned by Hydro Tasmania, to assist in informing it and the King Island Community of the potential social and economic costs and benefits which might flow from the construction and operation of a 2400 gigawatt hour Wind Energy Project on King Island (TasWind/the project) – https://www.planning.org.au/documents/item/6215
Vica Bayley Tasmanian Campaign Manager The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc.

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