Central Hobart Precincts Plan

Skyline of Central Hobart buildings

Feedback on this project has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the engagement process. Our team are currently reviewing the feedback and will report back soon.

Project Overview


Hobart is growing.

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 to 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 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.

Significant outcomes will include identifying opportunities to increase the population and commercial activities in the area, the provision of open space, and the community, transport and commercial infrastructure required to meet the needs of a growing population.


The Discussion Paper


The City of Hobart has released its Central Hobart Precincts Plan Discussion Paper to help inform conversations about the future of the City of Hobart. The discussion paper ponders topics related to Central Hobart’s land use, built form, public realm, connectivity and investment. At the same time, the City has also released an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study – COVID-19 update and a report on development contributions for shared infrastructure.

In Central Hobart, in addition to a Central precinct (sometimes called the CBD), four future ‘urban neighbourhoods’ are suggested as areas for potential renewal and revitalisation.

Over the next few months, the City will be talking to a wide range of stakeholders, from homeowners and retailers to developers and investors, to gather their ideas and opinions of the concept. Once that input has been received, compiled and evaluated, we will develop the draft Central Hobart Precincts Plan, which will be released for further community engagement in 2022.

The draft precincts plan will provide guidance and clarity on preferred design outcomes for different parts of the city and how each area’s heritage, landscape, sustainability, economic growth and liveability can be enhanced.


Having your say


We encourage you to join the conversation and make your voice heard by:

  1. Reviewing the discussion paper, summary paper, development contributions paper, and other supporting information in the document library (including a Word version of the discussion paper and the summary paper)
  2. Contributing feedback to our online survey (if you would like to complete this survey over the phone, please contact the City of Hobart's community engagement team via (03) 6238 2711).
  1. Uploading a submission through the Upload a Submission tool.
  2. Providing feedback directly via email to coh@hobartcity.com.au, or in writing to City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart TAS 7001.
  3. Subscribe for project updates (via the Stay Informed feature to the right)


The engagement period for this stage of engagement will close 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021

Feedback on this project has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the engagement process. Our team are currently reviewing the feedback and will report back soon.

Project Overview


Hobart is growing.

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 to 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 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.

Significant outcomes will include identifying opportunities to increase the population and commercial activities in the area, the provision of open space, and the community, transport and commercial infrastructure required to meet the needs of a growing population.


The Discussion Paper


The City of Hobart has released its Central Hobart Precincts Plan Discussion Paper to help inform conversations about the future of the City of Hobart. The discussion paper ponders topics related to Central Hobart’s land use, built form, public realm, connectivity and investment. At the same time, the City has also released an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study – COVID-19 update and a report on development contributions for shared infrastructure.

In Central Hobart, in addition to a Central precinct (sometimes called the CBD), four future ‘urban neighbourhoods’ are suggested as areas for potential renewal and revitalisation.

Over the next few months, the City will be talking to a wide range of stakeholders, from homeowners and retailers to developers and investors, to gather their ideas and opinions of the concept. Once that input has been received, compiled and evaluated, we will develop the draft Central Hobart Precincts Plan, which will be released for further community engagement in 2022.

The draft precincts plan will provide guidance and clarity on preferred design outcomes for different parts of the city and how each area’s heritage, landscape, sustainability, economic growth and liveability can be enhanced.


Having your say


We encourage you to join the conversation and make your voice heard by:

  1. Reviewing the discussion paper, summary paper, development contributions paper, and other supporting information in the document library (including a Word version of the discussion paper and the summary paper)
  2. Contributing feedback to our online survey (if you would like to complete this survey over the phone, please contact the City of Hobart's community engagement team via (03) 6238 2711).
  1. Uploading a submission through the Upload a Submission tool.
  2. Providing feedback directly via email to coh@hobartcity.com.au, or in writing to City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart TAS 7001.
  3. Subscribe for project updates (via the Stay Informed feature to the right)


The engagement period for this stage of engagement will close 5pm, Friday 17 December 2021

  • Project update - October 2021

    What happened in the first stage of engagement?


    In 2019 the City compiled a Baseline Report and commissioned an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study on central Hobart. These two documents detailed current conditions, issues and opportunities and include projections for future growth in the study area.

    The City has reviewed feedback from its initial survey and ideas mapping tool undertaken during stage one engagement in early 2020. Feedback from this engagement has informed the Central Hobart Precinct Plan Discussion Paper, which provides the focus of the next phase of community engagement.

    What's happening now?


    City of Hobart has recently released its Central Hobart Precincts Plan Discussion Paper to help inform conversations about the future of the City of Hobart. The discussion paper ponders topics related to Central Hobart’s land use, built form, public realm, connectivity and investment. At the same time, the City of Hobart has also released an Economic, Demographic and Employment Study – COVID-19 update and a report on development contributions for shared infrastructure.

    In Central Hobart, in addition to a Central precinct (sometimes called the CBD), four future ‘urban neighbourhoods’ are suggested as areas for potential renewal and revitalisation:

    1. Central
    2. Elizabeth Midtown
    3. Trinity Campbell
    4. Wapping Quarter
    5. Rivulet


    We encourage you to join the conversation and make your voice heard by contributing feedback to our online survey, being involved in our community workshops or registering for updates on the progress of this project.

    Over the next few months, the City of Hobart will be talking to a wide range of stakeholders, from homeowners and retailers to developers and investors, to gather their ideas and opinions of the concept. Once that input has been received, compiled and evaluated, we will develop the draft Central Hobart Precincts Plan, which will be released for further community consultation next year.

    The draft precincts plan will provide guidance and clarity on preferred design outcomes for different parts of the city and how each area’s heritage, landscape, sustainability, economic growth and liveability can be enhanced.

    If you have any questions or wish to discuss the project further, please contact us on (03) 6238 2711 or coh@hobartcity.com.au.

  • Project Update - April 2021

    by Carl G,

    The City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Government are working in partnership with the community to develop the Central Hobart Precinct Plan. This precinct plan will guide future development within central Hobart.

    The project was launched in March 2020 and a baseline report and Economic, Demographic and Employment Study were completed. These reports detail the issues and opportunities in the Central Hobart Precinct. A survey was launched on City’s Your Say page for the community to provide feedback on the baseline report.

    The project was put on hold due to impacts of COVID-19. This time has enabled us to better understand the short and long term social and economic impacts of the pandemic on our community.

    We are now able to restart the project and we have engaged Hill PDA to provide a COVID-19 update to the Economic, Demographic and Employment Study. We are also preparing a discussion paper to explore the key strategic issues, options and ideas for the precinct plan. This will be the focus of the next phase of community engagement later in 2021.

    The previous online survey and idea mapping tool have been closed and the feedback gained from this is being reviewed. We thank everyone who provided feedback and suggestions on this survey. An engagement report with outcomes will be provided in a future project update and the feedback will also inform the development of the discussion paper.

    If you have any direct questions or comments about the project, you can get in touch by emailing coh@hobartcity.com.au

  • Project Update - August 2020

    by Carl G,

    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

    by Carl G,
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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

    by Carl G,
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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.

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