“The Planning Scheme affects every landowner – this is a rare opportunity for landowners and residents.”
The first draft of the Interim Planning Scheme for the Flinders Municipality was endorsed at the November Council Meeting and approved to go out to the community for informal consultation.
The State Government’s Planning Reform process that commenced in late 2008, requires all Councils to produce new planning schemes, based on the State designed template. The eight Northern Councils and Northern Tasmanian Development (NTD) have worked collaboratively to produce schemes that are uniform across the Region and cater for the uniqueness of each Municipality.
To ensure this Municipality’s communities are adequately informed of the process and proposed changes to land zoning, Council had held informal community discussion with its Communities in 2011 and amendments were made to the draft based on comments and submissions made during this process.
The development of a new Planning Scheme for the Municipality has required a major investment of time by Staff and Councillors. Unfortunately the process has been stagnated by the State Government and Tasmanian Planning Commission and efforts are still being made by the Northern Regional Planning Group to urge the process forward.
The Minister has agreed to review revisions to the Regional Land Use Strategy (RLUS) of Northern Tasmania. All community members of the Furneaux Group of Islands are invited to comment on the proposed document.
The process is being facilitated by Northern Tasmania Development (NTD) and further information may be found on their website at www.northerntasmania.org.au . The invitations for comment (PDF) document can also be downloaded by clicking the link.
The full document for comment can be viewed at the Council Offices or by dowloading from here (PDF).
DRAFT Interim planning scheme documents can still be dowloaded below.