Elizabeth Street (Midtown) Streetscape Project

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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 we invited the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street.

Draft concept designs for an improved Elizabeth Street (Midtown) streetscape are currently being developed. These will be shared with key stakeholders and the broader community in the second half of 2020 for comment. Construction is planned to commence in second half of 2021, however project implementation may be delayed in response to a capital budget review being undertaken by the City in response to the COVID-19 situation.


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

The next opportunity for you to have your say will be when the draft concept designs (currently being developed) will be shared with key stakeholders and the broader community in the second half of 2020.


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 we invited the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street.

Draft concept designs for an improved Elizabeth Street (Midtown) streetscape are currently being developed. These will be shared with key stakeholders and the broader community in the second half of 2020 for comment. Construction is planned to commence in second half of 2021, however project implementation may be delayed in response to a capital budget review being undertaken by the City in response to the COVID-19 situation.


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

The next opportunity for you to have your say will be when the draft concept designs (currently being developed) will be shared with key stakeholders and the broader community in the second half of 2020.


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