Information Sheet RLUS 1 – Reviewing and Amending the Regional Land Use Strategies

The Department of Justice, Planning Policy Unit, with the endorsement of the Minister for Planning, has released Information Sheet RLUS 1 – Reviewing and Amending the Regional Land Use Strategies (pdf, 157.2 KB).

The Information Sheet provides guidance on when and under what circumstances the regional land use strategies are reviewed and amended. It also provides information on the requirements and process for reviewing and considering amendments to the regional land use strategies.

The regional land use strategies have a significant role to play in the setting the medium to longer-term strategic directions for each region in Tasmania. The strategies must be considered in the preparation of draft Local Provisions Schedules as part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme and for amendments to current interim planning schemes and amendments to the Local Provisions Schedules once in effect.

The Minister for Planning is required by section 5A(6) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to keep the regional land use strategies under regular and periodic review.  For example, comprehensive reviews will be undertaken of all three strategies following the implementation of the future Tasmanian Planning Policies.

Amendments to the regional land use strategies will need to be considered over time for a number of reasons, particularly to address both current and emerging land use planning issues.

Amendments will generally occur as part of reviews conducted by the Minister and other amendments outside of normal review periods may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Amendment requests will be subject to a rigorous assessment process to ensure the agreed strategic directions are not undermined and that intended regional land use planning outcomes are achieved.

There are currently three regional land use strategies in effect in Tasmania: