Gutwein's New Planning Laws


In 2015 the Tasmanian Planning Minister, Peter Gutwein introduced the State Planning Provisions (SPPs). The SPPs have changed the state's approach to planning, listed below are some of the TCT's major concerns with this new approach.

The TCT is concerned that these new laws give the Planning Minister the ability to make statewide changes and revisions without consultation.

The planning minister could 'shift the goal posts' for a particular development - such as the Fragrance Tower Proposal at 30 Davey St, Hobart pictured above.

Changes to planning affect everyone and therefore should only be made after thorough consultation with the community. Under the SPP it will be easier for development to occur in National Parks, reserves and on Crown land. It is vitally important that any new development in these areas be subject to rigorous scrutiny and planning process.

But under the SPP the level of public oversight will decrease. Residents ability to comment on buildings in their local area has been stripped back. Councils ability to scrutinise developments that are categorised as 'permitted' has been reduced. 

We need your help to undo these new planning laws. Contact us today if you would like to be involved in our campaign to roll back the State Planning Provisions.


The Tasmanian Conservation Trust supports the six points put forward by the Planning Matters Alliance of Tasmania for reform in this area.

Tasmania needs a planning system that protects local character and urban identity, allows for community oversight and does not favour the interests of a select group.

Sign the petition to support these six points as a framework for planning reform in Tasmania (the petition will appear at the bottom of the page).

Dear Minister for Planning 

The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania considers that, to achieve the best future for Tasmania, the planning system must incorporate the following six points of good planning:

  1. Community and Environment:  prioritise the health and well-being of the whole community, the liveability of cities, towns and rural areas, and the protection of the natural environment and cultural heritage.

  2. Strategic Vision:  establish and implement a community endorsed, sustainable, long-term strategic vision for Tasmania,.

  3. Transparency and Independence:  ensure that planning and decision-making processes are open and transparent, and overseen by an independent commission, with appeals heard by an independent tribunal.

  4. Community Involvement:  provide opportunities for informed community input in planning matters and decisions, including provision of appeal rights.

  5. Integrated Approach:  provide an integrated assessment process across all types of developments on all land tenures which includes consistent provision of mediation, public comment and appeal rights.

  6. Implementation:  consistent with the above principles, planning to be shared between state and local government, with local government to retain primary responsibility for local planning and development decisions, through community consultation.

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