Lenah Valley Retail Precinct Upgrade
The Augusta Road shopping village in Lenah Valley will be upgraded to improve the quality of the streetscape and pedestrian amenity, and to provide vibrant, accessible and attractive social spaces for the community.
About the Project
“Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones.” MRCagney, 2015
In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a programme of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for retail precincts across Hobart’s local areas. An innovative ‘tactical urbanism’ approach was employed. Pop-up style events were held in local areas and communities were able to trial a range of temporary traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.
The Lenah Valley village community staged a highly successful event where a number of interventions were trialled. A master plan was then developed by the consultants which recommends the following improvements:
- Increased footpath space on the southern side of Augusta Road to provide a people focussed space
- Introducing deciduous trees to the street where they can be achieved
- Improved road crossings for pedestrians
- Maintaining the existing car parking and the addition of an accessible car parking space
- New street furniture including bench seating
Planning and concept development
Project planning began in September 2016. This included further community engagement to refine and develop the concept as well as detailed site investigations to provide the background information needed for design.
A community based Project Action Team has met regularly with City officers to provide collaborative input into the design. The team is comprised of local traders, residents and representatives of the Lenah Valley Community Association.
Reporting and Approval
The concept was released for public consultation in February 2017. Survey results indicated generally high levels of support for the project among the community. Some minor changes were made to the concept in response to feedback received during the consultation. The revised concept was presented to the Council’s City Infrastructure Committee for consideration at its meeting in April 2017. In May 2017, the Council endorsed the project.
Detailed design and documentation are progressing and the team is making preparations to transition the project into the construction phase.
Construction is planned to commence in late 2017, to be completed by the end of 2018.
Project information can be downloaded here: Lenah Valley Retail Precinct Upgrade Project Information(PDF, 953KB).
You can download a copy of the project Master Plan here: A Plan for Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts.
For information on on-street parking changes: Fact Sheet - on-street parking changes - Lenah Valley(PDF, 146KB).
Augusta Road, Lenah Valley 7008 View Map