Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct - streetscape upgrade project

In December 2018, the City started engaging with the community on the upgrade of the Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct. Engagement for this project has so far consisted of:

  • Post Card Survey
  • Community Survey
  • Community Workshops with four stakeholder groups; Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters.

If you would like to find out what we've heard so far, the results can be found in the Engagement Report - Stage 1 Issues and Vision


Project Action Team Update

In April and May 2019, the City worked with a group of 28 community stakeholders known at the Project Action Team (PAT). The PAT is a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses in the precinct.

The PAT participated in a collaborative process to develop a set of shared principles and recommendations that they hope will guide the Council’s work in the streetscape upgrade. Find out what the PAT recommended by reading the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

This report, along with the outcomes of all community engagement and planning activities was presented to the full Council meeting on Monday 8 July and the following recommendations were endorsed:

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

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

View the full Council report HERE.


Project Background

Elizabeth Street retail precinct – aka Midtown – will be the third project to be developed under the City of Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The City has worked with local communities in Lenah Valley and New Town to improve their shopping areas. A refreshed Lenah Valley shopping area was constructed in 2018 and an upgrade will occur in New Town in 2019.

The focus has now shifted to Elizabeth Street with planning underway and a comprehensive community engagement program scheduled for 2019.

We invite the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street. This project's focus will be between Melville Street and Warwick Street with works to commence in the 2020/2021 financial year.


Potential improvements

A design will be prepared in the second half of 2019, once the the concept planning has been undertaken with community stakeholders. Streetscape improvements that may be within the scope of the project include:

•Renewed, widened footpaths

•Improved pedestrian crossing facilities

•Landscaping and high quality surface finishes

•Deciduous street trees

•New street furniture

•Public art

•Smart cities infrastructure


Stay informed and have your say in the following ways:


In December 2018, the City started engaging with the community on the upgrade of the Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct. Engagement for this project has so far consisted of:

  • Post Card Survey
  • Community Survey
  • Community Workshops with four stakeholder groups; Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters.

If you would like to find out what we've heard so far, the results can be found in the Engagement Report - Stage 1 Issues and Vision


Project Action Team Update

In April and May 2019, the City worked with a group of 28 community stakeholders known at the Project Action Team (PAT). The PAT is a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses in the precinct.

The PAT participated in a collaborative process to develop a set of shared principles and recommendations that they hope will guide the Council’s work in the streetscape upgrade. Find out what the PAT recommended by reading the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

This report, along with the outcomes of all community engagement and planning activities was presented to the full Council meeting on Monday 8 July and the following recommendations were endorsed:

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

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

View the full Council report HERE.


Project Background

Elizabeth Street retail precinct – aka Midtown – will be the third project to be developed under the City of Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The City has worked with local communities in Lenah Valley and New Town to improve their shopping areas. A refreshed Lenah Valley shopping area was constructed in 2018 and an upgrade will occur in New Town in 2019.

The focus has now shifted to Elizabeth Street with planning underway and a comprehensive community engagement program scheduled for 2019.

We invite the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street. This project's focus will be between Melville Street and Warwick Street with works to commence in the 2020/2021 financial year.


Potential improvements

A design will be prepared in the second half of 2019, once the the concept planning has been undertaken with community stakeholders. Streetscape improvements that may be within the scope of the project include:

•Renewed, widened footpaths

•Improved pedestrian crossing facilities

•Landscaping and high quality surface finishes

•Deciduous street trees

•New street furniture

•Public art

•Smart cities infrastructure


Stay informed and have your say in the following ways:


  • Project Background

    8 months ago
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    Developing a plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    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...

    Developing a plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    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.

  • Project Stages

    11 months ago
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    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 – 25 February - end March

    Midtown vision workshops (13 and 14 March)
    Workshops were held to help determine the community's vision for the precinct

    Directions and options: April – May 2019 (current)
    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 here.


    Draft concept: June-September 2019
    Subject to Council approval, during this stage, the City's design team will develop a streetscape design proposal, based on the PAT’s recommendations.

    Concept review: September - October 2019
    Concept design proposals will be exhibited in the precinct in October 2019, together with a feedback survey. This will test the concept with the broader community stakeholders.

    Detailed design: November 2019-April 2020
    Once the Council has given approval for the project to proceed, detailed designs will be prepared in preparation for construction.

    Construction: commence mid 2020
    Construction is expected to commence in mid-2020. We will be in touch with traders, residents and other stakeholders closer to the start date.

    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 – 25 February - end March

    Midtown vision workshops (13 and 14 March)
    Workshops were held to help determine the community's vision for the precinct

    Directions and options: April – May 2019 (current)
    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 here.


    Draft concept: June-September 2019
    Subject to Council approval, during this stage, the City's design team will develop a streetscape design proposal, based on the PAT’s recommendations.

    Concept review: September - October 2019
    Concept design proposals will be exhibited in the precinct in October 2019, together with a feedback survey. This will test the concept with the broader community stakeholders.

    Detailed design: November 2019-April 2020
    Once the Council has given approval for the project to proceed, detailed designs will be prepared in preparation for construction.

    Construction: commence mid 2020
    Construction is expected to commence in mid-2020. We will be in touch with traders, residents and other stakeholders closer to the start date.