Elizabeth Street (Midtown) Streetscape Project

Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept master plan for Midtown was developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street. We are excited to soon be able to share the concept master plan with key stakeholders and the wider community.

Currently there is no construction time frame. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position. As a result, the funding that had previously been forecast to build this project starting in 2021 is no longer available. However there is ongoing work to pursue new funding opportunities for the project, including through Government programs and stimulus packages.

In the meantime, our priority is to continue to prepare for the future by progressing planning and design to get this project ‘shovel-ready’ for when funding opportunities become available.

Community Engagement

Community engagement activities to date have included:

Stage 1 Engagement - Issues and Vision

  • a postcard survey mailed to local residents and businesses in the area, (Dec 2018)
  • a community survey focused on 'issues and vision' (Mar 2019)
  • visioning workshops with four stakeholder groups - Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters. (Mar 2019)

A summary of the outcomes of this stage can be found in the Stage 1 Issues and Vision Engagement Report.

Stage 2 Engagement - Direction and Options

  • a community Project Action Team (PAT) was formed in April 2019. The PAT is a group of 28 community stakeholders of different ages, backgrounds and lives, who are all passionate about midtown. They include people who live, work, own properties or run businesses in the precinct.
  • 5 collaborative co-design workshops were held with the PAT to assist with planning and prioritizing the streetscape upgrade. (Apr/May 2019)

A summary of the PAT recommendations can be found in the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

Engagement outcomes presented to Council

A report outlining the proposed project direction was presented to the City Infrastructure Committee and full Council in July 2019. PAT members presented their recommendations to the committee in person. You can view the full Council report here.

The following recommendations were endorsed by Council at the meeting on 8 July 2019:

  1. A draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be developed with consideration of the Project Action Team’s principles, desired outcomes and recommendations, as outlined in Attachment A to item 6.1 of the Open City Infrastructure Committee agenda of 19 June 2019.

  2. The draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be communicated to Elected Members by way of a briefing, prior to further targeted consultation with key stakeholders, landlords and property owners.

  3. A further report be provided to the Council following key stakeholder engagement and prior to broader community consultation on the draft concept design.

  4. A detailed report addressing the potential loss of car-parking within the Elizabeth Street Precinct be referred to the Finance and Governance Committee at the appropriate time.

Get Involved

Key stakeholders including property and business owners along Elizabeth Street are being directly contacted during August 2020 to get their feedback on the draft concept designs. This will then go to Council before being shared with the broader community in the coming months.

Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept master plan for Midtown was developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street. We are excited to soon be able to share the concept master plan with key stakeholders and the wider community.

Currently there is no construction time frame. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position. As a result, the funding that had previously been forecast to build this project starting in 2021 is no longer available. However there is ongoing work to pursue new funding opportunities for the project, including through Government programs and stimulus packages.

In the meantime, our priority is to continue to prepare for the future by progressing planning and design to get this project ‘shovel-ready’ for when funding opportunities become available.

Community Engagement

Community engagement activities to date have included:

Stage 1 Engagement - Issues and Vision

  • a postcard survey mailed to local residents and businesses in the area, (Dec 2018)
  • a community survey focused on 'issues and vision' (Mar 2019)
  • visioning workshops with four stakeholder groups - Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters. (Mar 2019)

A summary of the outcomes of this stage can be found in the Stage 1 Issues and Vision Engagement Report.

Stage 2 Engagement - Direction and Options

  • a community Project Action Team (PAT) was formed in April 2019. The PAT is a group of 28 community stakeholders of different ages, backgrounds and lives, who are all passionate about midtown. They include people who live, work, own properties or run businesses in the precinct.
  • 5 collaborative co-design workshops were held with the PAT to assist with planning and prioritizing the streetscape upgrade. (Apr/May 2019)

A summary of the PAT recommendations can be found in the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

Engagement outcomes presented to Council

A report outlining the proposed project direction was presented to the City Infrastructure Committee and full Council in July 2019. PAT members presented their recommendations to the committee in person. You can view the full Council report here.

The following recommendations were endorsed by Council at the meeting on 8 July 2019:

  1. A draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be developed with consideration of the Project Action Team’s principles, desired outcomes and recommendations, as outlined in Attachment A to item 6.1 of the Open City Infrastructure Committee agenda of 19 June 2019.

  2. The draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be communicated to Elected Members by way of a briefing, prior to further targeted consultation with key stakeholders, landlords and property owners.

  3. A further report be provided to the Council following key stakeholder engagement and prior to broader community consultation on the draft concept design.

  4. A detailed report addressing the potential loss of car-parking within the Elizabeth Street Precinct be referred to the Finance and Governance Committee at the appropriate time.

Get Involved

Key stakeholders including property and business owners along Elizabeth Street are being directly contacted during August 2020 to get their feedback on the draft concept designs. This will then go to Council before being shared with the broader community in the coming months.

  • Project update - May 2020

    3 months ago

    Last year, we worked with traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders to create a vision for an improved Elizabeth Street (Midtown), with a focus on the blocks between Melville and Warwick Streets.

    A draft concept has been developed in response to this successful engagement process, for a more welcoming, accessible and people-friendly street, with better conditions for walking and cycling, spaces to sit and rest, greenery, furnishings and art. We've come a long way in co-designing Elizabeth Street, Midtown with you.

    More recently the City's focus has been on responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and we know this is the case for everyone. We've been thinking of you during these unprecedentedly challenging times for traders and for many members of our community.

    Currently, the City is reviewing all planned capital projects in light of the situation, and Midtown is part of that review. The status of the project may change, however at this stage we are continuing with the current draft concept phase.

    Right now, we are preparing for when we can re-engage with you on the project.

    In coming weeks, we’ll be mailing concept plans to key stakeholders, and we’ll be seeking feedback. The feedback collected from this targeted engagement stage will be reported to the Council. This needs to occur prior to sharing the concepts with the broader community.

    Until then, we want to thank you for your support to date, and we look forward to sharing the concept design for an improved Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct, soon.

  • Project Stages - Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct Upgrade

    over 1 year ago

    The project stages detailed below. If unexpected changes to the program occur, this page will be kept up to date.

    Postcards: December 2018 – February 2019 (complete)
    Postcards were distributed to local traders, residents, owners and occupiers, in December 2018. People were invited to share a quick message about what they like about midtown and what they would change to make it a more people friendly street. The responses have assisted us with planning the engagement program.


    Issues and Vision: February - March 2019 (complete)
    The focus in this stage is on listening to the broad perspectives within the community and gathering everyone's views. At the end of this stage we will have a thorough understanding of the range of issues and aspirations to be considered. Activities include:
    - Online survey: February - March 2019 (complete)
    - Midtown vision workshops: March 2019 (complete)

    Directions and options: April – May 2019 (complete)
    Council staff are working closely with a Project Action Team (PAT) made up of community stakeholders, to develop a design philosophy and make specific recommendations to the Council regarding the priorities for the streetscape upgrade.
    We have a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are helping the City plan the upgrade. Our community representatives are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses and businesses here.

    Draft concept: November 2019 - May 2020 (current)
    The City's design team will develop a streetscape design proposal, based on the PAT’s recommendations.

    Concept review: mid 2020
    Concept design proposals will be exhibited in the precinct in the first half of 2020, together with a feedback survey. This will test the concept with the broader community stakeholders.

    Detailed design: late 2020 / early 2021
    Once the Council has given approval for the project to proceed, detailed designs will be prepared in preparation for construction.

    Construction: TBA
    Currently there is no construction time frame. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position. As a result, the funding that had previously been forecast to build this project starting in 2021 is no longer available. However there is ongoing work to pursue new funding opportunities for the project, including through Government programs and stimulus packages.



  • Developing a plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    over 1 year ago

    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart appointed consultants to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for five retail precincts across Hobart's local neighbourhoods. Local traders staged pop-up events in main streets to test traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participatns, designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

    The Elizabeth Street traders group hosted an event that encouraged people to walk their dogs to town - 'Paws and Feet in the Street'. They tested a concept that provided more space in the footpath for people to socialise and interact.

    A Local Retail Precincts Plan was developed based on a review of the situation in each area and identified specific works, expected benefits and estimated costs of improving the City’s infrastructure at each of the selected shopping strips.