Central Hobart Precincts Plan

Central Hobart study area from above

Project Overview

Hobart is growing. 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 to build on its position as a vibrant, liveable and connected city.

The Central Hobart Precincts Plan study area covers 64 blocks bounded by Davey Street to the South, Burnett Street to the north, the Brooker Highway in the east and Molle and Harrington Streets to the west.

The Central Hobart Precincts Plan will:

  • establish a shared vision and framework for the future growth of Central Hobart and identify a set of actions to deliver it;

  • identify a suite of precincts across the study area and outline a vision for each of them ensuring the ongoing viability of Central Hobart as Tasmania’s key administrative and commercial activity centre;

  • identify opportunities for increased residential densities and infrastructure as well as commercial and community services to support it;

  • identify the preferred urban form and scale of development for precincts based on a range of urban design, heritage, economic and social considerations.

How can you find out more information about the project

The City of Hobart has compiled a Baseline Report and commissioned and an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study on the study area. These two documents detail current conditions, issues and opportunities and include projections for future growth in the study area.

The City is now seeking feedback from the community to identify key issues and opportunities for the Central Hobart study area. Feedback from this stage of engagement will inform a Discussion Paper which will be the focus of the next phase of community engagement.

Have your say

Get involved and have your say in the following ways:


Project Overview

Hobart is growing. 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 to build on its position as a vibrant, liveable and connected city.

The Central Hobart Precincts Plan study area covers 64 blocks bounded by Davey Street to the South, Burnett Street to the north, the Brooker Highway in the east and Molle and Harrington Streets to the west.

The Central Hobart Precincts Plan will:

  • establish a shared vision and framework for the future growth of Central Hobart and identify a set of actions to deliver it;

  • identify a suite of precincts across the study area and outline a vision for each of them ensuring the ongoing viability of Central Hobart as Tasmania’s key administrative and commercial activity centre;

  • identify opportunities for increased residential densities and infrastructure as well as commercial and community services to support it;

  • identify the preferred urban form and scale of development for precincts based on a range of urban design, heritage, economic and social considerations.

How can you find out more information about the project

The City of Hobart has compiled a Baseline Report and commissioned and an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study on the study area. These two documents detail current conditions, issues and opportunities and include projections for future growth in the study area.

The City is now seeking feedback from the community to identify key issues and opportunities for the Central Hobart study area. Feedback from this stage of engagement will inform a Discussion Paper which will be the focus of the next phase of community engagement.

Have your say

Get involved and have your say in the following ways:


  • Project Update - August 2020

    12 Aug 2020

    The City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Government are working in partnership with the community to develop the Central Hobart Precincts Plan (Precincts Plan) – a holistic plan to guide future development of Central Hobart.

    The Precincts Plan project was launched in March 2020 with the release of a baseline report and an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study which, combined, detail the issues and opportunities in the Central Hobart Precincts area. A survey was also launched on the YourSay Hobart website for the community to provide feedback on the baseline report.

    With the emergence of COVID-19 and the subsequent social and economic impact that has unfolded, a decision was made in May 2020 to pause the project until such time that the short- and long-term social and economic impacts of the pandemic are better understood and the assumptions in the baseline report can be updated to accurately reflect the present situation. A date of August 2020 was nominated for the situation to be reviewed and a decision made on restarting our stakeholder and community engagement, supported by updated research.

    The project team have recently decided that given the ongoing uncertainty about the COVID impacts to the economy,it is still too early to review the economic projections made in the baseline report. The situation will be reviewed again in November 2020.


    In the meantime, we are continuing to have open conversations with our stakeholders. As part of this work, the online survey and idea mapping tool will remain open on the YourSay Hobart website – to provide you with the opportunity to have your say on this important project. You can also email the project team at coh@hobartcity.com.au if you have any direct questions or comments about the project.

    Thanks for your ongoing interest in this project.

  • Project Update - 4 May 2020

    04 May 2020
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    The City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Government are working in partnership with the community to develop the Central Hobart Precincts Plan (Precincts Plan) – a holistic plan to guide future development of Central Hobart.

    The Precincts Plan project was launched in March 2020 with the release of a baseline report and an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study which, combined, detail the current situation, issues and opportunities in the Central Hobart Precincts area.

    A survey was also launched on the YourSay Hobart website for the community to provide feedback.

    Disruption as a result of COVID19
    Given the emergence of COVID-19 and associated precautions to limit its spread, such as encouraging people to stay home wherever possible, restrictions on gatherings, and implementation of social distancing measures, community engagement on this project has been paused.

    COVID-19 has also had an impact on many of the key assumptions included in the baseline report, particularly research around economic growth projections. This project relies on sound research – without it, decisions might be made informed by incorrect information that does not reflect current demand and drivers. Accordingly the Baseline Report will be reviewed when the post-COVID situation is clearer and the short- and long-term social and economic impacts are better understood.

    We will then bring the updated information to the community and restart the engagement phase of the project. We are committed to engaging with our community and stakeholders on this project, which is important to our city. This engagement will be relevant and meaningful. It is our intention to continue progressing the development of the Central Hobart Precincts Plan when the baseline research has been revised, and the community and stakeholders are in a better position to engage more effectively.

    As announcements around COVID-19 are being updated so frequently at present, we will review the situation in three months’ time (August 2020) and make a decision on restarting our stakeholder and community engagement, supported by updated research.

    In the meantime, we are continuing conversations with our stakeholders. As part of this work, the online survey and idea mapping tool will remain open on the YourSay Hobart website – to provide you with the opportunity to have your say on this important project.


  • Project Update - 9 April 2020

    27 Apr 2020
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    In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the timeframes for the first phase of engagement for this project are under review.

    The online survey and idea mapping tool will remain open for the time being to provide you with an opportunity to have your say on this important project.

    As we get more clarity over the current situation we will keep you informed and, if possible, provide further opportunities for you to have your say on the development of the Central Hobart Precincts Plan.