Major Projects reforms - invitation to comment
The Tasmanian Government recently sought comments on a draft Major Projects 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 Tasmanian Government’s commitment to provide for a staged approval process for major development proposals, subject to in-principle permit commencement conditions and the requirements for full approval being met. The proposed reforms also include:
- Clarification on the types of projects that are eligible to be declared as major projects and assessed by an independent and expert Development Assessment Panel that is appointed by the Tasmanian Planning Commission, and by other participating regulators under their relevant project-associated Act.
- An expanded suite of approvals through a single coordinated assessment process and single permit. These include approvals under planning, utilities, 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 assessment process and prior to the preparation of a Major Project Impact Statement.
- Improved community consultation and engagement, including public exhibition of the proponent’s Major Project Proposal and Major Project Impact Statement, and the Development Assessment Panel’s draft and final Assessment Guidelines and draft Assessment Report.
The first period of public consultation on the previous draft of the Major Projects Bill closed on 2 October 2017 and 198 submissions were received. The submissions raised a number of issues that have been carefully considered by the Tasmanian Government.
In response to the submissions received, the draft Major Projects Bill has been amended and re-structured to clarify its operation. Given the amendments that have been made to the revised draft Bill, it is now being released for a second period of public consultation.
To assist this second public consultation process, the Policy Planning Unit within the Department of Justice has prepared a second consultation paper and seven Fact Sheets that explain key aspects of the major projects assessment process. These documents can be downloaded below.
Current consultation documents
Read the Major Projects Reform fact sheets for more information.
How to comment
Please send your comments on the revised draft Bill to the Department of Justice by close of business on Monday, 29 January 2018.
Comments should be headed ‘Major Projects Reform’.
Planning Policy Unit
Department of Justice
PO Box 82
Hobart TAS 7001
Please direct any enquiries about the revised draft Bill to the above email address or contact the Planning Policy Unit on telephone 6166 1429.
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Previous consultation documents
The documents that supported the first period of public consultation on the draft Major Projects Bill (which closed on 2 October 2017) can be downloaded below.