See also the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania (PMAT) website for more Planning News at https://www.planningmatterstas.org.au/news

HOT ISSUES (in reverse chronological order)

ROSNY HILL RESERVE

New proposal for Rosny Hill reserve: On 23 August 2019, Rosny Hill Friends Network submitted a development application to the Clarence City Council for their Re-imagining Rosny Hill Concept Master Plan. President Beth Rees said "We are concerned that the current tourism hotel development proposal would be too big and damaging for this small hill top which is reserved for nature, recreation and education. The community is fed up with large, unsuitable proposals being put forward for Rosny Hill. We’ve taken the positive step of preparing an alternative proposal that protects the natural environment, provides a beautiful lookout and refreshment for visitors, and supports recreation, health and wellbeing. Our proposal is financially responsible, has community support and, importantly, is consistent with the purpose of reservation of Rosny Hill under Tasmania’s Nature Conservation Act”.  See Re-imagining Rosny Hill Concept Master Plan 2019. See also letter of response from Clarence Council General Manager

HUNTINGFIELD - GOVERNMENT FAST-TRACK RE-ZONING

Community Meeting rejects Huntingfield fast-track re-zoning process.  A public meeting was held on 25 July 2019 at the Kingston Community Hub to discuss concerns about the Government's fast-track rezoning for high density Inner Residential housing at Huntingfield Park (Kingborough). The meeting passed 4 motions calling on the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the proposed Housing Supply Order for Huntingfield and for the Government to proceed with any future rezoning proposals through the standard planning scheme amendment process. It also called for the preparation of a strategic plan in conjunction with the community. For information on what action you can take to support better planning for Huntingfield, go to the PMAT website: What future do you want for Huntingfield and Kingborough? 

Huntingield fast-track bypasses community. Kingborough Chronicle 15 July 2019

FREYCINET & COLES BAY

Community Meeting at Coles Bay rejects Freycinet Master Plan.  Freycinet Action Network: Over 250 people attended a community meeting at Coles Bay on 22 April 2019 to discuss the State Government’s Freycinet Master Plan. The meeting heard that the plan’s scope has been kept narrow to avoid discussion of several key visitor management issues, specifically managing visitor numbers. Ten Motions were moved and passed by the meeting. The motions related to the following: 

• The community rejected the Freycinet Master Plan until an independent assessment of carrying capacity of the park is carried out and the plan is modified to reflect this.

• Wastewater – called for a wastewater systems audit on Freycinet Peninsula properties.

• That Freycinet Peninsula should be heli-tourism free.

• That the gravel pull-off zone on the corner of the Coles Bay Road and the Tasman Hwy remain for safety of buses and longer vehicles and to encourage Carpooling/bike riding options.

• The Coles Bay Conservation Area between Black Point and Edge of the Bay should not be part of the accommodation strategy of the Master Plan and should be protected for future generations.

• Commended the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to end cruise ship visits to Wineglass Bay.

• As identified by the University of Tasmania’s options analysis we support the visitor centre remaining at Ranger Creek with additional parking nearby.

• The community rejected the Master Plan proposal to industrialise the bay of Coles Bay.

• That there should be no new jetty built in front of the Hazards to maintain the view shed from Coles Bay.

• The independent assessment into carrying capacity specifically includes looking at a visitor cap and charges for visitors.Please come to this important public meeting to discuss Freycinet’s future and the Master Plan.

For more information, go to the Freycinet Action Network Facebook page.

HOBART NOT HIGHRISE

For information and updates on efforts to strengthen planning schemes to ban highrise towers in Hobart and  protect Hobart's heritage buildings, viewlines, and streetscapes, go to the Hobart not Highrise website at http://www.hobartnothighrise.com.au/articles.html. 

PLANNING UPDATES

TasPIN's PLANNING WORKSHOP #2: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - better Planning for our suburbs and towns" was held on  Saturday 7th Sept 2019 at the Philip Smith Centre, the Glebe in Hobart. The findings from this workshop will help inform TasPIN's advocacy for better Planning for better outcomes. 

 VARIOUS OTHER PLANNING NEWS

  • TasPIN PLANNING FORUM - 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! was held on Saturday 7 July 2018, with presentations and panel discussion on recent Planning case studies including session with a representative from the Environment Defenders Office.

  • Kingborough Council has ignored the recommendation of its own Planning staff and instead has approved the controversial Villa Howden hotel development. Concerned residents are mounting an appeal.  
  • LGAT votes for review of State Planning Provisions EDO Bulletin 17 March 2018

    At its General Meeting on 2 March 2018, the Local Government Association of Tasmania passed a resolution, proposed by Clarence City Council, to ask the Minister for Planning to review the State Planning Provisions for residential standards.  Clarence's proposal 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."

  • Greens plan for 'growing pains' (Mercury 19 February 2018) 'The Greens would develop a population growth plan complete with a new planning department with state engineer, architect and demographer positions in an attempt to combat Tasmania's "growing pains".
  • Greens go for Planning overhaul (Alex Luttrell, Mercury 5 February 2018). 'The Greens want to implement an $8 million overhaul of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme preventing commercial development in national parks and removing exemptions for forestry and marine farming.'
  • Major Projects Legislation: Following an initial round of public consultation, a revised draft Land Use Planning and Approvals (Major Projects) Bill 2018 was released for further public comment. Changes from the earlier draft include longer time frames for community consultation on declared Major Projects, and clarification regarding the eligibility of proposals that are inconsistent with local height restrictions for major project status (in response to community opposition to the use of the new process for proposed highrise developments). To read EDO Tasmania's comments on the proposed legislation, click here.
  • Lennys Point protest turns into a victory celebration (Stefan Boscia, Examiner 14 January 2018). Lenny’s Point, Bicheno, was on track to be sold by the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council into private hands, before the state government announced it would buy the land last week. There is now tripartisan support for protection of this beautiful headland. Event co-organiser Quentin Smith said “We were inspired to do this after the Planning Matters Alliance meeting at Bicheno in early December – a lot of praise should go to them.” The protection of Lennys Point provides even greater inspiration to the 57 Planning Matters Alliance member groups who are working hard to create a planning system which places communities, rather than developers, at its core. [TasPIN is a member group of the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania.]
  • Time to sit down and talk. 'You have this crazy scenario where the Government is pushing forward with a conflict-ridden agenda that neither side wants.' (David Killick, Mercury 2 January 2018)
  • Rental rescue. Council land proposed as housing crisis fix (Jessica Howard, Mercury 13 November 2017)
  • High-rise defiance. Councillor dissent urged in tower fight. (Simeon Thomas_Wilson, Mercury, 25 September 2017)
  • HOBART NOT HIGHRISE PUBLIC MEETING was held on Wednesday 26 July 2017 in the Hobart Town. Speakers included: Brian Corr (President, Hobart not Highrise), Bob Vincent (Heritage & planning expert), and Jan Butler (neighbour to Fragrance property). The Hobart Community Ensemble performed their popular original song 'Don't get tall'

 

  •  HUONVILLE PUBLIC MEETING was held on Wednesday 26 July 2017, organised by Huon Valley Residents & Raterpayers Association Inc. Speakers included: Sophie Underwood (Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania), Emma Riley (Planning reform taskforce), Jess Feehely and Nick Sawyer. 
  • Rocky mountain high. Draft legislation released on cable car- now the hard work begins. (Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Mercury 17 July 2017)
  • Essie joins fight over planning. Tasmanian actor Essie Davis has added her star power to a campaign against the Liberals' statewide planning scheme.  (Blair Richards and Alexandra Humphries, Mercury 7 July 2017)
  • PLANNING MATTERS ALLIANCE TASMANIA  (PMAT) officially launched 6 July 2017, Brooke St Pier Hobart.  
  The Planning Matters alliance consists of 46 community groups (including TasPIN) that have come together over a huge range of issues with the Liberal Government's controversial new statewide Planning Scheme, and have signed on to a shared platform demanding a better Planning system for Tasmania before the upcoming state election. 

 Click on the following links to go to: 

- Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania platform 

PMAT media release 

For more information about the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania, go to https://www.planningmatterstas.org.au/.

  • Blue over plan ban. Gutwein attacks Batter Point bid (Jennifer Crawley, Mercury 14 June 2017)
  • Planning power play. New laws to give state power to rule on big projects. (Jennifer Crawley, Mercury 11 May 2017)
  • Heritage rift deepens (Mercury 19 April 2017). Glenorchy commissioner Sue Smith wants Planning Minister Peter Gutwein to take back responsibility for the evaluation of local heritage places and precincts rather than Councils having this responsibility under the new statewide planning scheme.
  • Cable car backers (Mercury 7 April 2017). A company half-owned by Tourism Tasmania's chairman became one of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company's biggest shareholders late last year.
  • Query on cable car preferred status (Mercury, 4 April 2017). The Hobart City Council is seeking explanations from the State Government in relation to a number of matters concerning its   handling of the Mt Wellington cable car proposal.
  • Greens lash land grabs (Mercury 4 April 2017). The Greens are aiming to halt the unprecedented grab of Crown Land by developers without public scrutiny or consultation.
  • New laws for tree disputes taking root. The government will table proposed legislation to help resolve neighbourhood disputes relating to plants and trees that block neighbours' views or access to sunlight (Mercury, 14 March 2017). TasPIN asks: Where are the protections for residents against developments that will block their views or access to sunlight?
  • Fighting back over planning law changes. Thirty five Tasmanian community groups are pushing back against the government's new statewide planning scheme by developing an agreed platform which sets out the kind of planning system the community wants to see in Tasmania. (Mercury, 25 February 2017)
  • Planning scheme locks in weakened protections and locks out the public. Community groups have reacted with dismay to the government's new statewide planning scheme which they say will change the face of Tasmania forever. The controversial new planning law will weaken protections for cultural and natural heritage and reduce the opportunity for the public to engage in planning decisions that affect them. (Media release, Sophie Underwood, 23 February 2017)
  • **IMPORTANT NEWS** On 22 February 2017, the Tasmanian government Planning Minister, Peter Gutwein, announced the new statewide Planning Provisions (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) law. The Tasmanian Planning Commission's report to the Planning Minister on the draft State Planning Provisions was also finally released and is available at http://www.iplan.tas.gov.au/Pages/XC.Track.Assessment/SearchAssessment.aspx?id=347 (under Decisions tab).
  • Planning scheme details on way (Mercury 10 December 2016). Planning Minister Peter Gutwein says he expects to finalise the State Planning Provisions (SPPs) early in the new year.  He intends to release the Tasmanian Planning Commission's report on the SPPS at that time and set out the reasons for any modifications to the SPPs as drafted. To read more, click here.
  • Planning Matters meeting Launceston. Twenty community and environment groups called this public meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2016 to voice concerns about the Government's proposed Planning scheme. "The Hodgman Government is weakening planning laws to make development easier and cut-out community control. This will change the face of Tasmanian cities, towns and bush."
  • Yarra City Council [Victoria] calls for action on development issues (Media release 23 November 2016). Yarra Council is taking action to protect the amenity, heritage and liveability of its unique urban neighbourhoods and heritage shopping strips from overdevelopment. Click here for media release.
  • Tasmania's Sustainable Living Festival was held in Hobart on the weekend of 12-13 November 2016, Princes Wharf.  Click on the following link to the Mercury's report: Building a sustainable future. For notes and quotes from the expert panel on The Economics of Sustainability, click here.
  • Planning Matters!  public meeting: Crowds packed a public meeting at Hobart Town Hall on World Planning Day (8 November 2016, Hobart Town Hall) to express concerns with the government's proposed new Planning legislation. Click on following link to the Mercury's report: Plan backlash. To watch a video of the Planning Matters meeting speakers, click here. For more information, including quotes from speakers, scroll down to Updates below.
  • Gutwein snubs Planning meeting. Click here for article. (Mercury, 7 Nov 2016)
  • Groom rules out privatisation of Parks land. Minister for Parks & Wildlife, Matthew Groom, has rejected a call by Federal delegate and speaker to the Liberal State Council, John Tucker of St Helens, for the privatisation of some of the state's Parks and Wildlife controlled land. Click here for article. (Mercury, 7 Nov 2016)
  • South Hobart ex-Blundstone site development plans approved. Council has approved the controversial development plans for the former Blundstone Tannery site in Wynyard and Weld Streets in South Hobart. These plans have given rise to strong community concerns about the impacts of poor planning and inappropriate development on traffic access, parking, and residential living amenity. Read Minister Gutwein's letter of response to community advocate Dr Rosemary Sandford. For related article on community concerns, click here.
  • Public Hearings: The Government has extended the timeframe for public hearings and for the Tasmanian Planning Commission to hand down its report to government on the draft statewide Planning Scheme. The Planning Commission's report is now due to be submitted to Minister for Planning and Local Government, Peter Gutwein, on Friday 9 December 2016. This allows more time for politicians and the Planning Commission to consider the numerous community concerns raised in relation to the Draft State Planning Provisions. To read related article in The Mercury, click here.  

Other updates and additional information

  •  An exclusive interview with Professor Michael Buxton (Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT) has been published on Friends of the East Coast Inc's website: go to Interview with Michael Buxton (courtesy Friends of the East Coast Inc, 25 Nov 2016)
  • PLANNING MATTERS! Public Meeting, World Planning Day 8 November 2016, Hobart Town Hall

Hobart Town Hall was packed to over-flowing as hundreds of concerned Tasmanians turned out to object to the Liberal Government's proposed new Planning reforms.

Background to this meeting: The Hodgman Government is attempting to 'reform' Tasmania's planning laws to make it easier for developers to gain approvals by weakening protections, watering down assessment rigour, and winding back public involvement and opportunities to appeal. This is complex, detailed, and happening right now. One day these changes will affect you, the places you care about, and the quality of Tasmanians' lifestyles - e.g. when apartments are built overshadowing your backyard, when a development is built in your favourite national park or reserve, or when the character and amenity of your neighbourhood is altered for ever.  

Speakers included: Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Victoria; Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick of the University of Tasmania; Madeleine Ogilvie (Labor Shadow Minister for Local Government & Public Planning); Rosalie Woodruff (Greens Member for Franklin); and representatives of about 20 community interest groups.

Click on the following link to Quotes from speakers

  • Planning issues are now firmly in the public eye - with recent major public meetings on Planning Matters! and The Mercury's editorial Planning now centre stage which stated"The future of our planning system could well be one of the defining issues for Tasmanian over the next 12 months" . For this and other recent articles and viewpoints - click here. TasPIN encourages concerned and thinking citizens to join in the debate and contribute your views on Planning matters by writing a letter to your newspaper and relevant politicians including the Minister for Planning Peter Gutwein, Shadow Ministers for Planning, and other politicians. The Mercury's website address is www.themercury.com.au.  
  • Labor steps up. Labor Member for Denison and Shadow Minister for Local Government & Public Planning, Madeleine Ogilvie, reflects Tasmanian community concerns about the current government's approach to Planning when she states: 

"There is no discernible vision for Public Planning emanating from this government. To plan for our future we need to be thinking beyond election cycles and building a shared vision for where we are headed. Yet what we are seeing at the moment is the complete reverse of that. We must engage with all Tasmanians in a broad public consulting exercise to collectively agree the vision for our future. Then create policies and schemes based on that feedback - in that order."  To read more, click on Ogilvie's article Where is the Public Planning Vision for Tasmania?

  • Response from Minister Gutwein to Julie Collins. Following a meeting with TasPIN representatives on 11 July 2016, Julie Collins (Federal Member for Franklin) wrote to the Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP, regarding the concerns raised in relation to the draft statewide Planning reforms (Draft State Planning Provisions). Peter Gutwein provided a letter of response in which he stated "The public awareness campaign has and will continue to ensure broad community input to these important reforms...Although the Government's reforms are substantial, it is also serious about providing appropriate exposure and opportunities for public engagement before the planning controls come into force." To read the Minister's letter in full, click here.