Central Hobart Precincts Plan

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The City of Hobart and Tasmanian Government are working in partnership with the Tasmanian community to develop a comprehensive plan to guide future development of Central Hobart.

The city is on the brink of a period of transformation, one that will be defined by embracing opportunities for growth aligned with our community vision.

The purpose of the Central Hobart Precincts Plan is to guide future growth in a way that will strengthen what's great about Hobart and build on its position as a vibrant, flourishing, sustainable and globally appealing capital city, without compromising those qualities which already make the city unique.

The final document will include recommendations for policies, strategies, development controls and projects to guide planning and sustainable growth. It will address land use, built form, transport integration, open space provision and infrastructure, guided by specific precinct visions. It is expected that the development of this plan will consider key issues such as building heights, housing and homelessness, transport and accessibility.

The Central Hobart study area covers 64 city blocks bounded by Davey Street to the south, Burnett Street to the north, the Brooker Highway to the east and Molle and Harrington streets to the west.

Central Hobart Precincts Plan map

Plan development and community engagement

The development of the Central Hobart Precincts Plan is being undertaken in phases, following extensive project scoping, planning and analysis that occurred in 2019. This initial work resulted in the production of a Baseline Report, which analysed the current conditions, issues and opportunities in the area and presented the economic, demographic and employment profile of Central Hobart, as well as a future projection of what Central Hobart might look like in 2041.

The Baseline Report served as a resource document to inform a series of discussions with the community, which gathered input for the preparation of a discussion paper and precincts plan.

The first round of engagement started in March 2020 and included the preparation of fact sheets, and the facilitation of an online survey and mapping tool which asked the community to share their ideas and visions for the future of Central Hobart.

The City of Hobart has reviewed initial feedback and compiled the results of this stage. Feedback from this engagement has informed the Central Hobart Precinct Plan Discussion Paper, which provides the focus of the next phase of community engagement. The discussion paper ponders topics related to Central Hobart's land use, built form, public realm, connectivity and investment.

To learn more, please visit the Your Say Hobart website.

Your Say Hobart

The draft Central Hobart Precincts Plan is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

The project is conducted in partnership between the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Government.