The City of Hobart is currently preparing a Central Hobart Precinct Plan (CHPP). The CHPP has a 20-year horizon and its objective is to provide a blueprint for development, investment and infrastructure for the central area of Hobart over the next 20 years.
Background studies for the plan identify that there are significant underutilised areas of land that will likely be developed over the life of the plan, including those currently owned by UTAS, which represent only around 2% of the area of the Hobart CBD.
UTAS CBD Land Holdings Summary as at 1 December 2021(PDF, 218KB)
The CHPP highlights that redevelopment in the whole CHPP area will result in the need for improvements around the provision of open space, planting of trees, and considers a range of issues such as future infrastructure provision including that required for traffic, parking, and more sustainable forms of transport. The CHPP will be the framework through which the City's future takes shape – including budgets and public expenditure.
The CHPP Discussion Paper was released for broad community and key stakeholder consultation from October to December 2021. Feedback on the Discussion Paper is currently being considered and a draft of the precincts plan being prepared.
The UTAS City move forms part of the CHPP, specifically around:
- City-shaping goal 1: A World Class Capital City, particularly – Idea 3: A place to learn and work
- City-shaping goal 2: Public spaces to engage and enjoy
- City-shaping goal 4: Connected and accessible city.
UTAS Campus and Central Hobart Precincts
Hobart City Council role as a planning authority
The Council has a function as a planning authority in which it must consider individual development applications and make decisions based on legislation, the provisions of the planning scheme and the evidence it has before it. Ultimately, any application when finalised and the qualified advice from Council officers on the merits or otherwise of an application, is provided on the public record. Furthermore the determination of the application by elected members is conducted in open Council. There is also opportunity for members of the public to provide a representation on the merits or otherwise of the proposal when amendments are publicly notified. All this information is taken into account when making a decision on individual applications.
Any rezoning application is determined by the Tasmanian Planning Commission. The City forms a view on any rezoning application however the ultimate authority to determine any scheme amendments and rezoning belongs to the Tasmanian Planning Commission.
Elected Member obligations
Elected members have obligations around the declaration of interests in Part 5 of the Local Government Act 1993 ("the Act"). Section 48 (2) of the Act requires an elected member to declare any interest that the elected member has in a matter before any discussion on that matter commences. In accordance with the requirement in section 54 of the Act, the CEO maintains a register of interests of elected members where the elected member has notified the CEO of that interest.
It remains a matter for each elected member to determine whether they have an interest in a matter and fulfil their obligations to declare it.