Media Release – 2 March 2018
Reports that today the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has resolved to write
to current Minister for Planning Peter Gutwein to request a review of the State Planning
Provisions (SPP’s) for residential standards highlights the flaw in the Liberal’s planning laws, just
one day out from the state election.
The State Planning Provisions form a core part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, a subject of
significant concern because of it’s weakening of protections for a range of important values,
and a lessening of community involvement in planning decisions.
“This as a very significant move by the peak body for local government that highlights the
fundamental inadequacy of the proposed statewide planning scheme,” said Sophie Underwood,
spokesperson for the Planning Matters Alliance of Tasmania (PMAT).
“This decision is an important win for PMAT and all those across the state who have been
campaigning hard for better planning.”
The papers for today’s LGAT meeting stated:
‘The current standards have led to confusion and anxiety in our communities with
overshadowing, loss of privacy, solar access, height, private open space and site coverage to
name a few. A review will highlight these concerns across the State and give the community
some expectation of change that can ensure their concerns are heard.’
“The proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme will impact every inch of Tasmania. The
development of the scheme has been rushed and the Liberal Government has not listened to
many of the concerns raise by local communities and local Government,” said Ms Underwood.
“The fact LGAT again oppose policy the Liberal Government doggedly persists with, such as its
flawed takeover of TasWater, highlight the inability of Government to listen to the genuine
concerns of the community.”
Sophie Underwood Co-ordinator of the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania Founder of the Freycinet Action Network