What is this project all about?

    The local retail precincts projects are all about making our local activity centres and main streets great places for people - places that are walkable, sociable, distinctive and vibrant. 

    The City of Hobart has been working in recent years to rejuvenate local activity centres in collaboration with the people who live, work and spend time there.  Lenah Valley has recently been completed and the first stage of upgrades in New Town commenced in 2019.  Attention now turns to Elizabeth Street retail precinct and planning will occur through a co-design community engagement process in 2019.  We invite everyone to get involved.

    The project is part of the City of Hobart’s Transforming Hobart capital works plan and Hobart’s Local Retail Precinct Plan, which includes Lenah Valley, New Town, Elizabeth Street (midtown), South Hobart and Battery Point.

    What community consultation has taken place on this project?

    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 from Stage 1 and 2 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.

    Stage 3 Engagement - Draft Concept Designs

    At the Council meeting on 7 December 2020 Council considered a report on the outcomes of the community engagement work, and endorsed the draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Midtown Retail Precinct project as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area.

    Will there be any loss of on street car parking?

    The draft concept design endorsed by Council in December 2020 does see some loss of on-street parking spaces to accommodate improved walking and cycling amenities, plantings, and wider footpaths. This has been designed with in consultation with the residents, traders, and property owners, who created a vision for Midtown that is more inclusive, active, greener and vibrant. The design decisions have been made in consideration of stakeholder feedback and an analysis of alternative available parking in the surrounding area. 

    The most significant change proposed in the draft concept is in Block 1 (between Melville and Brisbane Streets) where several parking spaces will be removed to accommodate increased pedestrian amenity. This block has a higher concentration of retail and hospitality businesses that will benefit from a more people focused streetscape. This block will also see increased people movement with the opening of new UTAS accommodation and teaching facilities around Melville Street that will see over 800 students living in the block from 2021. The midtown carpark managed by Council under the UTAS building in Block 1 has over 100 car spaces in the carpark with direct level access to the middle of this block, via the 'The Loop' courtyard at 157 Elizabeth Street. Following consultation with traders and other stakeholders, some short-term on-street parking spaces are being retained in Block 1 to accommodate customer pickup and deliveries.

    When will the project be built?

    Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project given the financial impact of COVID19, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

    In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council next year with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

    Funding for safety improvements to the intersection at Elizabeth Street and Patrick Street has been secured though the Australian Government Black Spot Program. Design work for this improvement is underway, with implementation planned for the first half of 2022.  

    What is the extent of the project area?

    The planning for the project will encompass the Elizabeth Street corridor from Burnett Street to Liverpool Street.  However the project budget for capital works will allow us to upgrade the area between Melville Street and Warwick Street.  The section between Warwick and Burnett Streets may be considered by the Council for upgrading in future years.

    Who is involved?

    The project will be undertaken by the City of Hobart in collaboration with local stakeholders.  We will be seeking to involve a variety of stakeholders including local midtown traders, property owners and residents, local community organisations and businesses, UTAS staff and students, city workers and shoppers, students from local schools, state government staff and Metro Tasmania.

    Where can I find more information?

    This site will be the main place for information about the project as we work with community to develop the plan in 2019.  You can register your interest in the project HERE and receive updates about the project.

    You can also contact the project manager Sarah Bendeich 6238 2584 for more information, or email coh@hobartcity.com.au

    How can I get involved?

    There are a number of stages which you can get involved in:

    Your big ideas – fill in a postcard in summer 18/19 or share your ideas HERE.

    Vision – fill in a survey, attend a workshop and participate in developing a vision for Elizabeth Street.

    Directions and Options – join our Project Action Team (PAT) to take a deep dive into the planning process – work together with council staff over four workshops. At the end of this process the PAT will provide specific recommendations to the Council regarding their priorities for the street.

    Who can join the Project Action Team (PAT)?

    The PAT is open to everyone. It works best if there is a diversity of interests, views and backgrounds on the team.  People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate, we just ask that participants commit to attending all of the sessions.

    The PAT workshops will be supported by Council staff and facilitated by professional facilitators. Participants will be provided with meaningful information, including online resources, a background package and expert presentations, to help inform their discussions.

    The outcome of the workshop series is likely to be a recommended design direction and a set of specific recommendations to the Council. Due to the iterative nature of the process, it is important that participants, where possible, commit to attending all four workshops.

    More information about the PAT workshops will be provided closer to the time and we will seek Expressions of Interest from community stakeholders.

    After the workshops, PAT participants will be supported by Council staff to present their findings and recommendations to Hobart City Council Aldermen and Councillors.