Resource Management and Planning
In any area where there is resource development, the challenge of balancing environmental concerns with the inevitable changes that development comes with often evokes heated debates and divisions amongst different stakeholders. In Tasmania, such resource development matters came up in the past namely; a lack of transparency in the development approval process as well as government and public dissatisfaction over the improbability of outcomes. This subsequently led to a review of planning and environment laws resulting in an integrated resource management and planning system, RMPS, in 1994(Davies 2006).
The Resource Management and Planning System aims to achieve sustainable outcomes from the use and development of the state’s natural and physical resources (Resource Planning and Development Commission 2003 p.6). The RMPS is a collection of acts regulating planning and development in Tasmania and are outlined below (Hobart City Council n.d):