A statement from Tasmanian Minister for State Growth Michael Ferguson said legislation has been drafted to facilitate assessment processes that can deliver private and public sector infrastructure and development through streamlining the existing land use planning pathway.
The legislation is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week and will outline legislated time frames for local government to sign off on development permit conditions and to seal final plans.
The bill will also prescribe strict time frames for state regulatory bodies, including the Land Titles Office, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Heritage Council.
In addition, the bill will include some non-statutory reforms, including the process for obtaining Crown land owner consent to lodge a Development Application, allowing No Permit Required applications to be dealt with in a more efficient way, and broadening the definition of Minor Amendments to deal with minor works.
“These are all long overdue reforms that will enable Tasmanian business to get on with the job, and assist our economy as we recover and rebuild a stronger Tasmania,” Mr Ferguson said.
“Unnecessary red tape and over-regulation can cause difficulties and significantly increase costs for Tasmanian small businesses, and we are committed to removing these barriers and growing our economy and jobs.
“This is particularly important as we head into post-COVID recovery, with investment and job creation more important now than ever.”
In August, the Tasmanian government signed on to the federal government’s paid pandemic leave scheme.
It also announced in March a $420 million support package in response to the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis.