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.

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