Our Focus

Accelerate housing approvals and improve affordability

Costs associated with delays ultimately drive-up end prices and lower investment appeal for home buyers. The State Government must legislate for approval timeframes across all regulatory bodies involved in the planning and building process. Where proposed legislated timeframes are not met and the proposal is submitted in accordance with the relevant planning conditions, approval should then be deemed to have been granted

Clear the TasNetworks’ bottleneck

TasNetworks’ processes must be streamlined and set out in legislation to provide transparency and accountability regarding energy connections for residential developments. A detailed review of the contestability of TasNetworks’ services must be undertaken to understand why competitors are not entering the market. TasNetworks must also increase the number of designers retained and the stockpile of electrical connection materials available to ensure connection in a timely manner. Failing that, legislation must be introduced requiring both scope and design to be completed within 42 days.

Urgently Finalise the Tasmanian planning scheme

Local government planning processes and state agency referral times lack certainty and transparency and adds significant delays and costs to development and hurts the ultimate purchasers and tenants of projects. The Tasmanian Government must prioritise implementing the state-wide planning scheme, creating much needed consistency across all local government areas to reduce costs for developers, builders and end-users, and maintain housing affordability across the state.

Streamline TasWater’s processes

TasWater has improved immensely in the areas of planning and design detail, however administrative, legal and resource deficiencies still contribute to delays in building development. The agreement between TasWater and the Tasmanian Government provides a great opportunity for a detailed review of TasWater’s overall design and approval process, however further efforts must continue to restructure TasWater ownership to form a Government Business Enterprise to improve overall service efficiency and delivery. Additional consultation must be undertaken with developers to identify further process improvements. TasWater must also increase its holding stock of essential equipment, such as water meters, to a level that allows an immediate supply of product once it has been paid for by the client.

Develop the Glenorchy to Hobart transit corridor

To support and encourage increased residential density in the northern suburbs, the Government should take action to develop the Glenorchy to Hobart transit corridor, increasing amenity for people living along the length of the corridor through improved access to services, employment and education opportunities. Measures would include bus system optimisation, land use commitment to urban renewal including reasonable height allowances and government funding of contamination assessments.

Encourage inner city housing development

Many under-utilised buildings and land parcels have the potential to be developed into either large-scale housing projects or standalone residences to offer increased diversity and amenity in inner city areas and accommodate the changing culture of the Tasmanian community. We are advocating for increased housing supply in built up areas which are close to employment opportunities and established services and infrastructure. Development of inner city land must be improved through several measures including infill and land-tax concessions, heritage and commercial project grants for revitalisation, fast-tracked infrastructure coordination with TasNetworks and TasWater, a social housing model based on private sector investment and meaningful leadership to deliver the objectives of the Hobart City Deal.

Take advantage of the Hobart City Deal

The Hobart City Deal must be managed by state and local governments in a considered, coherent and coordinated manner to leverage public and private investment while delivering a strategic framework for future land use planning outcomes. The Hobart City Deal should deliver a Metropolitan Act which provides mechanisms to deliver investment certainty and a planning framework to attract development in inner city areas. This Act should contain clear development guidelines and provisions for limited exemptions from regulations for projects in line with the objectives of the City Deal.