Coastal planning and policy in Tasmania has been hindered by a use of ambiguous and undefined terminology in relevant coastal planning policy documents, notably the Tasmanian Coastal Policy (1996) and in some Local Government Planning schemes. The use of such terminology to define appropriate and inappropriate areas for coastal development has previously and will continue to result in vexatious planning disputes and poor coastal planning outcomes until it is corrected….
So says Chris Sharples in the Introduction to his discussion paper The problem of the use of ambiguous terms in Tasmanian coastal planning policy documents for defining appropriate coastal development zones (May 2012).
Inappropriate coastal landform terminology in Planning Schemes and legislation is holding back coastal development. Chris’s paper tries to sort out conflicting and out-of-date thinking, and it should be mandatory reading for all of us working in this area.
Chris has kindly allowed me to make his paper freely available as a downloadable pdf on this website (link below). Hopefully it will generate some comment.