Major Projects Reforms - submissions under review
The Tasmanian Government recently sought comments on a draft Bill to amend the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to introduce a new major projects assessment process. The proposed reforms will deliver on the Government’s commitment to provide for in-principle approval for major development proposals, subject to the conditions or requirements for full approval being met. The proposed reforms also include:
- Revised Ministerial call-in powers to clarify the types of projects that are eligible to be assessed by an expert planning panel appointed by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and by other relevant regulators under their relevant project-associated Act.
- An expanded suite of approvals through a single coordinated process and single permit. These include approvals under planning, environmental, Aboriginal cultural heritage, historic cultural heritage, threatened species and nature conservation legislation.
- Greater certainty for proponents through a ‘no reasonable prospect’ test early in the process and prior to preparation of a Major Project Impact Statement.
- Improved community consultation and engagement, including public exhibition of the Major Project Proposal, draft Assessment Guidelines, Major Project Impact Statement and draft Assessment Report.
The period for comment closed on Monday 2 October and 195 submissions were received with a further 3 submissions being received over the following few days. The submissions raised a number of issues that are being carefully considered by the Government with a view to preparing a final draft Bill.