What the incoming Tasmanian Planning Scheme means for Kingborough residents
In 2015, the Tasmanian Parliament enacted amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act), that provide for a single planning scheme for Tasmania, known as the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The Tasmanian Planning Scheme consists of State Planning Provisions (SPPs) and Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs) for each municipal area. The Tasmanian Planning Scheme will replace the existing Kingborough Interim Planning Scheme 2015.
As part of the process Kingborough Council is required to prepare its own LPS for approval by the Tasmanian Planning Commission (the Commission). Preparation of the LPS includes strategically considering the application of zoning and code overlays for the municipality. The decision making is guided by the existing planning controls under the current Planning Scheme in addition to the direction of the new State Planning Provisions (SPPs).
The process that each Council must undertake is detailed on the Tasmanian Planning Commission website (external link), but as a simple guide, it involves the preparation of the Local Planning Schedules for endorsement at a Council Meeting. The Council endorsed LPS and maps are then sent to the Commission for consideration (see below for ‘Council adopted version of draft LPS’).
Once the draft Kingborough LPS is reviewed by the Commission to make sure it meets all of the legislative requirements under the Act, the Commission will direct Council to commence the public consultation process.
Council adopted version of draft LPS
Kingborough’s draft LPS was endorsed by Council on 9 December 2019 and again on 11 February 2020, when errors on the LPS mapping were fixed.
You can view the supporting report and associated plans, starting on page 32 of Council Agenda, 9 December 2020 and page 10 of Council Agenda, 11 February 2020 . However, it should be noted that the draft LPS may be amended as part of the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s review and as such, enquiries about the proposed changes are best to be delayed until the formal public consultation period.
Tasmanian Planning Commission’s Assessment of the draft LPS
The Kingborough draft LPS was submitted to the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) on 13 December 2019. Council was notified on 2 March 2020 that the TPC has all of the information they need to proceed with their assessment.
A post-lodgement conference was held on 30 October 2020. A copy of the agenda items is available here.
At this point in time there is no indication when public consultation will occur, however Council will advertise the dates for consultation through:
- The Mercury’s Public Notices
- Council website
- Council’s social media channels
- Articles in the Kingborough Chronicle and Kingston and Channel Classifieds
The public consultation will be open for 60 days, and the dates will be specified by the Commission.
We also aim to set up an interactive online engagement platform and organise information sessions to help people understand the new scheme.
Members of the public will be able to view the draft scheme during the consultation period on the iView website (a link will be provided through the Kingborough website). Members of the public will be invited to make submissions to Council. Please note that submissions will not be considered until the consultation period opens.
Following the consultation period, the Commission is likely to hold hearings to consider the submissions to the Scheme. This may result in further iterations of the draft Scheme, which would then be re-advertised.
When the Commission is satisfied that no further amendments or hearings are required, it will publish its decision and announce the date that the new Planning Scheme will come into effect.
- Tasmanian Planning Reform website (external link)
- Tasmanian Planning Scheme website (external link) – to view the State Planning Provisions (SPP’s) that were completed in 2017.
- Tasmanian Planning Commission website (external link) – for progress updates and information about the progress of each Council’s LPS and current planning scheme amendments underway.