Major Projects Reforms – Invitation to comment
The Tasmanian Government is seeking 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.
- 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.
How to comment
Please send your comments on the draft Bill to the Department of Justice by Monday, 2 October 2017.
Comments should be marked ‘Major Projects Reform’.
Planning Policy Unit
Department of Justice
PO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001
Please direct any enquiries about the draft Bill to the above email address or contact the Planning Policy Unit on 6166 1429.