Tasmanian Planning Scheme – Glenorchy

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme is a single set of planning rules that will apply consistently across the State through the State Planning Provisions (SPPs). The SPPs will be applied in each Council through the Local Provisions Schedule, comprising of zoning maps, overlays and locally unique planning rules.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme – Glenorchy (the combination of the Glenorchy Local Provisions Schedule and the State Planning Provisions) is now in operation.

Please be aware that not all codes are mapped (such as potentially contaminated land and Attenuation areas), and other matters such as car parking requirements appear in other areas in the planning scheme.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission assessment

The Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) has approved the Glenorchy Local Provisions Schedule .  You can view the TPC’s assessment process and decision on the scheme here.

New State provided controls

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme – Glenorchy (TPS – Glenorchy)  uses the State Planning Provisions (SPPs).  The SPPs are the rules that cover exemptions, use classes, definitions, operational provisions, zones and codes and they are consistent across the State.  The TPS – Glenorchy also has local controls, which are unique to Glenorchy, such as our specific area plans, site-specific qualifications and heritage statements of significance.

Zoning changes

We converted the old scheme into the new Scheme using like for like zones where we could.  So land in a General Residential Zone in the old scheme is in General Residential under the new scheme, Light Industrial is Light Industrial etc.  However, there are some changes:

  • Single lots previously in a Local Business Zone (often service stations and hotels) are included in the surrounding zone (General Residential or Inner Residential).  A Site-Specific control has been applied to enable the existing use to continue.
  • All land that was in an Environmental Living Zone (ELZ) is now in a Landscape Conservation Zone as the ELZ is not available under the SPPs.
  • Private land beyond the Urban Growth Boundary that was in an Environmental Management Zone (EMZ) is now in a Landscape Conservation Zone as the SPP EMZ does not allow for private dwellings.
  • The Rosetta and Casuarina Crescent landslip areas that were in an Environmental Management Zone (EMZ) are now in an Open Space Zone as the SPP EMZ does not relate to hazards.
  • Land that was in a Particular Purpose Zone 1 – Urban Growth Zone is now in a Future Urban Zone.

Many of the SPP zones allow for a wider range of uses to be considered.  There are also some changes in the applicable standards for the assessment of the proposal (ie different acceptable hours of operation, different setbacks, reduced distances for consideration of noise on residential zones etc)

Code Changes

Codes that applied under the old scheme generally apply under the TPS – Glenorchy, however there are some changes:

  • A Statement of Local Historic Heritage Significance and Historic Heritage Values has been provided for all heritage places
  • There are new mapped overlays for Bush-Fire Prone Areas, Flood-Prone Hazard Areas, heritage sites, Future Coastal Refugia and Priority Vegetation
  • The Potential Dispersive Soils and Potential Acid Sulphate Codes have been converted to Specific Area Plans.

Local Area Objectives, Specific Area Plans & Site-Specific Qualifications

These Local Area Objectives, Specific Area Plans and Site-Specific Qualifications provisions that were in the Glenorchy Planning Scheme 2015 are included in the new scheme, but they have a different format

Assessment changes

The SPPs do not contain a Stormwater Code, so a separate process is required to consider stormwater management.  A process that allows for stormwater management to be considered in parallel to the planning application has been developed.