Good planning is about genuinely and respectfully involving the community in developing a shared vision of how we want our cities, towns, suburbs, rural areas, parks, waterways and wilderness areas to be in 50 and 100 or more years' time, and having a Planning system that facilitates and guides the delivery of the best possible sustainable future.
The Tasmanian Planning Information Network (TasPIN) is calling for:
- Sound, integrated, strategic planning to guide the best possible sustainable future;
- Planning processes that inform, inspire, involve, and are trusted by the community.
TasPIN's 10 point call for Tasmania's Planning System
To achieve the best possible sustainable future for our social, economic and environmental well-being, Tasmania's Planning system must be:
1. Visionary: provide a strategic vision of the best possible clean, green, sustainable future for Tasmania.
2. Planned outcomes: develop clear statements of the intended long-term goals for Tasmania’s optimal social, economic and environmental well-being.
3. Sound governance: be built on sound and transparent governance arrangements and decision-making processes that the whole community can trust, including the independence of the Tasmanian Planning authority.
4. Integrated Planning: promote an integrated approach to planning across all sectors and activities (e.g. including tourism, agriculture, forestry, mining, aquaculture, transport etc.), based on a cohesive system of legislation, plans, policies and strategies at all levels.
5. Consultative: inform and involve the community in respectful user-friendly ways, and provide meaningful opportunities for communities to have a say in determining the future character of their local areas and the places they care about.
6. Protect and care for the environment and our natural and cultural heritage: ensure Tasmania's unique and special qualities and beauty endure forever.
7. Enhance Tasmanians’ lifestyles and liveability: contribute to community health, happiness and well-being, e.g. through protecting residential character and amenity from unreasonable impacts of development, and ensuring well-planned provision of appropriate infrastructure, transport and other community services and amenities including nearby parks and recreational opportunities for all.
8. Manage risks: ensure a proactive, strategic and precautionary approach is taken to addressing and managing known threats and risks including our ageing demographic, wildfire, climate change and sea level rise.
9. Measure and report progress towards planned goals: establish indicators and regularly monitor and publicly report on performance.
10. Informed, evidence-based and adaptive: The Tasmanian Planning System must be underpinned and supported by sound information, management systems and decision-support tools.
Tasmania is well placed to become a shining global exemplar of quality sustainable living in harmony with nature. We need an exemplary Planning System to deliver on that vision.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a broadly accepted framework that can be used to help guide the formulation of specific goals that are relevant to communities at local, regional and state-wide levels.
TasPIN encourages everyone to advocate for and work towards Better Planning for Better Outcomes. Please consider very carefully the Planning policies and commitments of all Tasmania's political parties and candidates, and at election time, make your vote count for better Planning. See What Tasmania's political parties have to say.