Amendment to Hobart CBD height standards

AN amendment to the height standards in the Hobart Central Business Zone is now on public display.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the amendment proposed to insert a “desired future character statement” and performance criteria to the Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

She said this would set out the townscape and streetscape elements that would be considered in relation to proposed developments in the Central Business Zone that do not meet the acceptable solutions in regards to height.

“The Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015 has standards concerning building height within the CBD,” she said.

“There is a numerical standard of 45-metres, but if a proponent wishes to exceed that height, then the proposal must be considered against a number of qualitative standards.

“So, while it is not proposed to change the numerical standard, the Council is keen to ensure that the qualitative standards that applied to developments that exceeded the numerical standards were robust and appropriate.”

The chairman of the Council’s City Planning Committee, Alderman Jeff Briscoe, said the decision to initiate the amendment followed a detailed review by highly respected architect and urban design consultant Leigh Woolley.

“Mr Woolley’s report provided suggested improvements to the qualitative standards, which Council should take into account when considering tall buildings within the CBD,” he said.

“This includes such things as not obscuring critical view lines between the waterfront and kunanyi/Mount Wellington, reduced bulk where a building’s height increases, ensuring light reaches streets and public spaces and avoiding proposals that would result in individually prominent buildings.

“The proposed amendment is about helping to ensure that development in the Central Business Zone makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and townscape values and meets community expectations.”

Public information sessions to explain the proposed amendment and the outcomes of the Leigh Woolley Height Standards Review Report (2016) will be held in the Council’s Elizabeth Street conference room on Tuesday 8 August at 5pm and Tuesday 15 August at 12.30pm.

The amendment and supporting information is currently on display at the City of Hobart’s Customer Service Centre at 16 Elizabeth Street and is available on the Council’s website at www.hobartcity.com.au.

Representations may be made by any person in writing addressed to the General Manager, City of Hobart GPO Box 503, Hobart 7001 or by email to coh@hobartcity.com.au by 1 September 2017.

“Any submissions received will be considered by both the Council and the Tasmanian Planning Commission before a final determination is made as to whether the amendment should be supported, amended or rejected,” Ald Briscoe said.

“I would encourage people to take this opportunity to have their say and be part of this community engagement process.”