hobartThe City of Hobart has developed a draft Central Hobart Plan, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and the community, to manage population growth in the City whilst maintaining the region’s unique heritage and cultural identity.

City of Hobart Lord Mayor, Anna Reynolds, said the draft plan sets out a vision for sustainable growth in the heart of Hobart.

The draft plan covers the 64 city blocks bounded by Davey Street to the south, Brooker Avenue to the east, Burnett Street to the north, and Murray Street, Harrington Street, Melville Street and Molle Street to the West.

“In recent years Hobart has experienced steady population growth,” Mayor Reynolds said.

“Looking to the future, population projections for Greater Hobart anticipate an influx of 47,000 people in the next decade.”

Mayor Reynolds said once finalised, this plan will encourage more homes being built in Central Hobart while maintaining the heritage and cultural identity.

“The plan will use planning rules and guidelines to encourage high quality, medium density housing,” Mayor Reynolds said.

“Importantly the plan also identifies the infrastructure, open space, transport and commercial opportunities required to meet the needs of a growing residential population and to support Hobart as the region’s largest employment centre and tourist destination.

“As the City grows and develops, we need to ensure that this happens in a way that’s in the public interest.

“As city managers we want to ensure central Hobart develops in a way that respects our heritage and also encourages the very best innovative ideas and designs for a more sustainable future.”

Deputy Lord Mayor and Future Hobart Portfolio Chair, Helen Burnet, said the draft plan would help provide certainty for the community and developers regarding the priorities for Central Hobart.

“Currently there is no maximum height limit for development in Central Hobart included in the planning scheme,” Mayor Burnet said.

“The Urban Design Framework within the draft plan provides more certainty about maximum building heights, provides guidance on built form, acknowledges the importance of view lines and heritage, and allows for Hobart’s future growth needs.

“We have listened to the community through a detailed engagement process to get to this point and I encourage everyone to review the draft plan and provide feedback.” 

Public consultation on the draft Central Hobart Plan closes 30 April.

Feature image: Hobart City Map. Provided by City of Hobart. 


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