Tasmania to introduce statewide planning laws to replace 29 council schemes by 2015

08/10/2014 11:05 pm

tasThe Tasmanian State Government is aiming to introduce uniform statewide planning laws in the first half of 2015.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein told 936 ABC Hobart he planned to table legislation to overhaul current schemes before inviting public comment.

Tasmania currently has 29 separate planning schemes, one for each council. The proposed new laws seek to streamline the state's different schemes. Mr Gutwein said current estimates showed as little as 15 per cent of current laws across councils were similar.

"We wanted to move to single, statewide planning scheme that was faster, fairer, cheaper and simpler," Mr Gutwein said.

"We'll move to declare southern interim planning schemes as quickly as we can, and then invite some public input on them.

"Importantly across the state what I want to do is to arrive at a position where we've got a level commonality regarding the current process...that will provide the platform (until) early next year when we introduce legislation that will enable us to roll out our statewide provisions.