Tasmanian Planning Commission Report Handed to Minister, 9 Dec, 2016

On Friday 9 December 2016 the Tasmanian Planning Commission handed its report regarding the State Planning Provisions (the provisions will from the core of the Tas Planning Scheme) to Planning Minister Peter Gutwein. The Minister will apparently release the Commission report to the public after he and the Planning Reform Taskforce have reviewed it. The Taskforce has a few weeks to look at it, so it is unlikely to be released before mid-Jan 2017.

See: http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/pr-article/state-planning-provisions-report-under-consideration

Planning Matters! Public Information Night, Launceston Dec 6 2016 …

The information night was a great success with over 100 people attending.

It was fantastic to hear from Warwick Oakman, The Deputy Chair of the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania), who addressed the meeting about how the Tas planning scheme could impact on important heritage buildings and landscapes. This is especially concerning as the Tas Liberal Gov is just about to remove over 500 heritage properties from the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

We also heard from planning consultant Evan Boardman, Director of E3 Planning, about how the Tas Planning Scheme will be taking away most of the protections for neighbourhood amenity and character with regards to views, privacy, sunlight into your backyard and home.

Director of the North East Bioregional Network, Todd Dudley, spoke about the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme.

Major Projects Legislation to be released in Feb 2017 + Fragrance Towers

Draft legislation is likely to be released by February dealing with major projects (intended to replace Projects of Regional Significance, not State Significance).

Fragrance Group has proposed the construction of two new hotels in central Hobart. Both hotel proposals are within the Sullivan’s Cove Planning Scheme area, which has a set of rules on height limits designed to respect and enhance the colonial heritage of our port area. At 75 metres, the hotel proposal for Collins Street is 60 metres higher than what the planning scheme states. The Davey Street proposal for a hotel of 120 metres is a 102 metres higher than what is allowed. There has been talk that the Fragrance towers could be assessed outside the planning system and by the Major Projects legislation – thus bypassing the height restriction rules.


State Planning Provisions report under consideration, Peter Gutwein, Minister for Planning and Local Government, 9 Dec, 2016


National Trust Tasmania deputy chair joins concerned groups against proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme, The Examiner, 5 December, 2016.


Privacy ‘at risk’ under scheme, The Examiner, Page 5, 5 December, 2016


Beware the angry gardener – Tas Weekend (Saturday Mercury), December 3, 2016

Beware the angry gardener


A message from Grant Gaffney:

The pressure is on – the tide is turning and now is the time to push….. with the silly season upon us we know how busy you all are – BUT – this is important – this is crucial to the future of our region. This council meeting is and the AGM gives the community the opportunity to put the council on notice with a number of issues. Take the time to make a difference. We need to make a showing at both events.

The usual routine at the Council Meeting with a number of questions and then there will be some motions being put to the council by ourselves that will need to be voted on by those attending the meeting.

So we need you there – your vote will count! We now have the tide in our favour and this last council meeting for the year and the AGM are the next big step. See you there:

DATE: Tuesday Dec 13
TIME: Council meeting: 5pm AGM 7pm
WHERE: Swansea Hall

Kind regards,

Sophie Underwood, Freycinet Action Network