Hobart is a city with outstanding natural, cultural and social qualities that make it unique among capital cities.
We have a clear vision for Hobart, and a commitment to see our capital evolve into a strong, vibrant and sustainable city. Since 2005, Hobart City Council has been engaged in an exciting process of planning and consultation to realise this vision and to ensure that Hobart reaches its full potential as a vital and thriving capital.
The Inner City Development Plan
In 2005, the Council initiated an extensive community consultation process to create the Hobart 2025 Vision. This process highlighted the community's desire for Hobart's inner city to become more vibrant and people-focused. The Inner City Development Plan (ICDP) was then identified as a key action in the Council's Economic Development Strategy 2009-2014, as a means of fulfilling the community's vision for Hobart.
The Gehl Architects Report
Stage one of the ICDP began in 2009 with the appointment of internationally acclaimed urban planner and architect Professor Jan Gehl. Over the following year, Professor Gehl and his team at Gehl Architects conducted a study to explore ways of improving Hobart's public realm.
The Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life - A city with people in mind, considers the future for Hobart, with a focus on improving movement and engagement in and around the city centre. The Report contains a number of recommendations, presented under the themes of Movement, Landscape, City Life and Visual Environment.
The Inner City Action Plan (ICAP)
In 2011, the community was invited to respond to the Gehl Report's recommendations. More than 1300 responses were received and this feedback was used to develop the next stage of the ICDP, the Inner City Action Plan (ICAP), which outlines the first phase of projects to be implemented from the recommendations in the Gehl Report.
These exciting and inspiring projects will enliven our inner city and continue to fulfill our shared vision to make Hobart a city with people in mind.