State Planning Provisions

After the passing of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Bill 2015 through both Houses, with only minor amendment, the Government has proceeded with preparing the new Tasmanian Planning Scheme.
The Scheme will comprise the State Planning Provisions and a set of Local Provision Schedules, one for each municipality.
The amended Act came into effect on 17 December 2015 and Terms of Reference for drafting the State Planning Provisions were issued by the Minister the next day, but only released to the public on 27 February 2016.  The Act provides for the Minister to prepare the Terms of Reference alone and no public consultation is involved.  The only requirement is that the Minister must give notice in a newspaper that he/she has prepared the Terms of Reference
So the Terms of Reference were issued on 18 December 2015, but only announced on 27 February 2016.  Lo and behold, 14 days later, the Draft State Planning Provisions (Draft SPPs) were released on March 12 and are on public exhibition for 60 days until 18 May 2016.
Copies of the Draft SPPs (429 pages) can be downloaded from the Tasmanian Planning Commission website:   The Minister has also released an Explanatory Document (245 pages) relating to the Draft SPPs.  It is also available from the Planning Commission’s website.
Anyone wishing to make comment on the Draft SPPs has until 18 May to make submissions, which should be directed to the Tasmanian Planning Commission.  The Commission must consider all comments received about the Draft SPPs before reporting back to the Minister.
Email your comments to or post to the Tasmanian Planning Commission, GPO Box 1691 Hobart Tasmania 7001.

Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce

The Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce, reporting to the Minister for Planning and Local Government, prepared the initial Draft SPPs.

The Taskforce supposedly consulted “broadly” with local government and “stakeholders” on the Draft SPPs

The Taskforce membership comprised:

Drafting assistance was provided by four departmental officers from the Tasmanian Planning Commission, with support from the Local Government Association of Tasmania, and a local government planner from the Hobart City Council.

Looking at the above membership list it is difficult to indentify any "public" representation.

Uniform Zones for whole of the State
The Draft SPPs apply to the whole of the State.  They detail 22 planning Zones which may be adopted by local councils.  Most of these Zones are familiar, but many have been amended, mostly by allowing smaller allotments and higher buildings.  A summary of some of these changes are provided below. 

Zones* in NEW Planning Scheme
*This table doesn’t cover the full list of 22 proposed Zones.

Zone                                                     min lot size          max ht         max coverage
.                                                                                                                    .
General Residential                          450 m2               8.5 m         coverage <50%
can be less if close to a denser zone  325 m2               8.5 m         per multiple dwelling

Low Density Residential                  1500 m2               8.5 m        coverage <30%
   can be less if serviced               <1500 m2               8.5 m        per multiple dwelling
   can be less if unserviced            <2,000 m2              8.5 m        per multiple dwelling

Rural Living A                               10,000 m2             8.5 m        buildings <400m2
   can be up to 20% less                >8,000 m2
Rural Living B                               20,000 m2             8.5 m        buildings <400m2
   can be up to 20% less               >16,000 m2

Rural                                            40 ha                 12.0 m
Landscape Conservation                  50 ha                  6.0 m       buildings <400m2
(renamed Environ. Living)               but >20ha
Environmental Management            public land             6.0 m      development <500m2

Village                                         600 m2                8.5 m       coverage <50%

Community Purpose                        600 m2               10.0 m

Zones in CURRENT Planning Scheme

Zone                                            min lot size                max ht               max coverage
.                                                                                                                  .
General Residential                      600 m2                8.5 m               coverage <50%

Low Density Residential                2,000 m2             8.0 m               coverage <50%

Rural Living                          30,000 m2  (3 ha)        8.0 m               coverage <20%

Rural Resource                            100 ha                8-12 m              buildings <250m2

Environmental Living                      20 ha                 7.0 m             

Environmental Management                -                    6.0 m              curtilage <20%

Village                                       2,000 m2              7.0 m              coverage <50%

Community Purpose                         -                      8.0 m

Check the changes mooted for your zone
In the current planning scheme each town or settlement has one or more planning zones. 
Some of the settlements in Break O’Day have the following zonings:

The Gardens       Environmental Living
Binalong Bay       Low Density Residential
St Helens           mixture of zones
Beaumaris           Low Density Residential & Environmental Living
Scamander         General Residential & Environmental Living
Falmouth            Low Density Residential
Four Mile Creek    Environmental Living
Seymour             Environmental Living
St Marys             General Residential & Environmental Living
Cornwall              Low Density Residential
Fingal                 Village, General Residential  & Low Density Residential
Mathinna             Village & Low Density Residential
Mangana             Rural Living

It is most likely that the same zonings will be incorporated in the Local Provision Schedules which will be prepared later this year.  Of course the Council could take the opportunity to change zones &/or amend zone boundaries.

  • Executive Chair, Mary Massina (ex-Director of The Property Council of Australia)
  • Local Government Association of Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
  • Master Builders Tasmania
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Emma Riley, Emma Riley and Associates
  • Frazer Read, All Urban Planning
  • John Dent, PDA Surveyors
  • Andrew Walker, Derwent and Tamar Chambers
  • Allan Garcia, CEO Infrastructure Tasmania