MILLIONS of dollars of Northern development is anticipated to be unlocked after the West Tamar and Meander Valley councils received interim planning schemes yesterday.
Planning Minister Bryan Green said new schemes meant that most of the North was now covered by new planning laws.
"Significant projects can now proceed with confidence just as they did when the Launceston scheme came into effect last year," Mr Green said.
Developers Ecogolf were waiting for changes to West Tamar's scheme so it could redevelop the Greens Beach nine-hole golf course into an 18-hole links layout with an adjoining 32 villa units and separate 232-lot residential subdivision, worth $130 million.
Planned residential subdivisions at Hadspen and Legana will also be able to proceed.
West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther said he expected development applications for decent-sized projects to soon roll into the council's office.
"People who have been waiting for our new planning scheme to be introduced are now in a position to lodge their development applications as of this Wednesday," Cr Easther said. Fifteen councils have received interim planning schemes after statewide planning reform began in 2007 and a statewide planning template was signed off in 2011.
Launceston had its interim planning scheme declared last October and Northern Midlands and Break O'Day in May.
George Town Council submitted its scheme in June.
Nine Cradle Coast schemes were declared on Wednesday.
The opposition proposes a single statewide planning scheme but Cr Easther said councils had to have time to see if the regional schemes worked.
"We've spent a lot of time and energy on developing regional schemes and the last thing we need is to start again," Cr Easther said.
"The planning schemes in the North have 85 to 90 per cent consistency, which will hopefully make it easier for developers as they move across the region."