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Complying with relevant legislation

Land-use planning is the process of deciding in a broad sense which areas of land are available for what purpose. In Tasmania, it is described through the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS).

The RMPS is a package of laws, policies and procedures which aims to ensure that all decisions about the use of land and natural resources in Tasmania are based on the same set of principles around ecologically sustainable development. The principle legislation is the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993. Other relevant legislation is the State Policies and Project Act 1993 and the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997.

To be effective, councils’ planning schemes need to support and be consistent with state policies, planning directives and any relevant regional land-use strategy, as well as with other council policies and strategies, such as those providing infrastructure and open space.