MORE signs of a possible breakthrough in the Northern planning stand-off have emerged after a meeting of council planners, general managers and chief Tasmanian Planning Commissioner Greg Alomes.
The stalemate occurred before Christmas when the commission advised Planning Minister Bryan Green not to declare interim planning schemes from the Meander Valley, West Tamar and Northern Midlands councils.
The commission's advice against the schemes was largely because it said that they did not conform with the Northern regional land-use strategy.
At yesterday's meeting, Meander Valley Council general manager Greg Preece said the commission had given a ``greater commitment'' to changing the strategy so that the schemes were compliant.
``Basically it was some recognition from the commission to rewrite the regional land use strategy to try and address the impasse we've got particularly around rural land use, mixed use urban and tourism zones,'' he said.
``While we were doing that before Christmas, the thing that's changed is there's a greater commitment from the commission to make that happen.''
So far, the Launceston City Council is the only local government in Tasmania to have its scheme approved by Mr Green.
The George Town Council is working with the commission to resolve issues surrounding rural living zones at Hillwood, while the Break O'Day and Dorset councils are yet to finish their schemes.
The Flinders Island Council is waiting to see what happens with the current planning stand-off before it submits its scheme to Mr Green.