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Latest news from State Planning Office -
 May 2022

The State Planning Office (SPO) is continuing to work hard to build, implement, and improve Tasmania's new planning system. Please check the Planning in Tasmania website for ongoing updates. 

Have Your Say

Check out the Have Your Say webpage to keep informed about the latest State Planning Office planing review or consultation and how to submit comments. 

Current Consultation (8 April 2022 - 12 May 2022)

Draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment Bill 2022 relating to major projects assessment process

Staff Changes

We welcome two new planning advisers to the small SPO team of now 13 to assist with the Planning Reform Phase 2: Xin Guo & Kylie Carman-Brown

Phase 1: Planning Reforms - Introduction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme:

Local Provisions Schedules assessments

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme (and the implementation of the State Planning Provisions) rollout continues across municipalities as individual Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs) are approved for each council by the Tasmanian Planning Commission, with the latest being: Local Planning Provision Schedules on exhibition for comment with the Tasmanian Planning Commission: The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is now in effect through the LPSs approved in the following councils: Brighton, Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Clarence, Devonport, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Meander Valley, Tasman, West Coast and West Tamar.

More information:  

Review of State Planning Provisions

A scoping paper will shortly be released inviting input to identify issues to be addressed as part of the review of the State Planning Provisions (SPPs). The review will help ensure the SPPs are maintained as a current, policy led, evidence based, and strategically guided component of the Tasmanian planning system.

More information:  

Phase 2: Planning Reforms

Tasmanian Planning Policies – response report released

Public consultation on the scope of the Tasmanian Planning Policies (TPPs) was undertaken late last year. Over 100 submissions were received indicating the high level of interest in the development of the TPPs and recognition of their importance in guiding the State’s planning system.

The Minister for Local Government and Planning has released a Report on the draft TPP Scoping Consultation that discusses the issues raised in submissions; summarises responses to them; and provides a revised TPP structure and table of TPP topics and issues.

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Regional planning reforms

A Discussion Paper to consider options for improving the current regional land use planning framework will be released later in 2022. Feedback received will help inform changes to the current framework and provide processes for review of the regional land use strategies following the making of the Tasmanian Planning Polices.

Preparatory work continues for the comprehensive review of the three regional strategies. The State Planning Office is working with regions and councils to identify amendments and projects that assist with keeping their strategy up to date and to inform the detailed review.

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Did you know...


Election Signs have requirements

An Election Signs Information Sheet is available to help election candidates on the planning and other requirements for election signs. ‘What are they’, ‘do you need a permit’, and ‘where you can put them’, are but a few of the things you can find out.

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Spotlight on State Planning Office

Introducing the Senior Planning Adviser – Regional Planning Framework, Angela Forrest
Angela spent her childhood and adolescent years between Melbourne and Hobart (best of both worlds). She attended the University of Tasmania and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies. She then spent numerous years living in Melbourne and London, in working the banking and financial services sector, and (somehow) ended up residing on the Canary Island of Lanzarote!

Angela eventually returned to Australia and completed a masters in urban planning and environmental management at RMIT University. 
In 2008 Angela returned to Tasmania and joined GHD as a planning consultant where she also undertook secondments with Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority and Kingborough Council.

Angela joined the Tasmanian Planning Commission in 2016 as a planning adviser working across planning scheme amendment and local provisions schedules assessments, and major projects.  Angela joined the SPO in early March 2022 as a Senior Planning Adviser.

In her spare time Angela loves camping and holidaying with her family, walking and running in nature, eating out with friends, and a girl’s weekend away!
We invite you to visit the Planning in Tasmania website regularly as we keep you up to date with the latest planning information available including key information for:

  Contact Details

  State Planning Office
  Department of Premier and Cabinet 
  Executive Building 
  Level 7
  15 Murray Street

  GPO Box 123


p 1300 703 977

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