North Hobart Precinct Place Vision and Access & Parking Plan

Project Background

The iconic North Hobart Retail and Entertainment Precinct along Elizabeth Street, between Burnett Street and Federal Street, is one of Hobart’s most popular destinations. The Precinct’s growing night and day-time activity has brought with it a range of issues, most notably parking, access and general amenity for traders, visitors and local residents.

In response to this, the City of Hobart is developing an integrated Place Vision and an Access and Parking Plan to guide the future delivery of better public amenity, access and parking in the Elizabeth Street retail and restaurant strip.

Place-making specialists Village Well and sustainable transport planners MRCagney were engaged by City of Hobart for this project. Both firms are industry leaders in their respective fields and have specific expertise in main street renewal and integrated traffic planning. The project has explored the following three areas:

  • Place Vision
    The Place Vision will explore the community’s aspirations for the main street precinct, including access, parking and street vitality. The Vision will be based on the views of customers and visitors, as well as residents and traders and on current local conditions, patterns and issues.

  • Access and Parking Plan
    Car parking will be a priority of this project, with a focus on the Condell Place car park. This Plan will look at:
    • public transport services in the area
    • taxi and ride-share services (including food delivery)
    • bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and connections, including parking and pathways, and the general ‘walkability’ of the area
    • on-street and off-street car parking (both public and private) and possible changes to current parking arrangements.

  • Condell Place car park
    Informed by the Vision phase and the parking and movement work, Village Well and MRCagney will make recommendations on the future Condell Place car park.

Community Engagement Process

The City along with consultants Village Well and MRCagney undertook stakeholder engagement in February 2020. Engagement activities included:

  • three visioning workshops with local residents, property owners and traders
  • four access and parking workshops with local residents, property owners and traders
  • Interviews with former and current presidents of the North Hobart Traders Association
  • Interviews with representatives from key transport agencies and advocacy groups
  • Interviews with cultural clubs in the Precinct, including a representatives from the Italian and Greek communities and the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania.
  • Online survey and on-street intercept survey
  • Receipt of direct correspondence from individuals sharing their views and ideas for the precinct

The North Hobart Retail and Entertainment Precinct Engagement Report summarises the outcomes of this engagement work.

Reports into North Hobart future

Options for the future of North Hobart’s primary retail and entertainment precinct have been explored in a series of independent reports that are now available online.

The draft North Hobart Place Vision and Access and Parking Plan were commissioned to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the popular Elizabeth Street dining, entertainment and retail strip.

The draft Place Vision is based on what customers, visitors, residents and traders value about the precinct, as gauged through a consultation process conducted in February.

More than 735 people contributed their ideas and opinions through surveys and face-to-face workshops for residents and property and business owners.

A separate report prepared by consultant MRCagney contains recommendations specific to the future use of Condell Place, which currently provides 88 car parking spaces.

In-depth community consultation around the published reports will be held following further analysis of the observations and recommendations contained within the reports. The reports can be viewed in full through the document library on this page. Information regarding the consultation process will be made available at a later date.


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Project Background

The iconic North Hobart Retail and Entertainment Precinct along Elizabeth Street, between Burnett Street and Federal Street, is one of Hobart’s most popular destinations. The Precinct’s growing night and day-time activity has brought with it a range of issues, most notably parking, access and general amenity for traders, visitors and local residents.

In response to this, the City of Hobart is developing an integrated Place Vision and an Access and Parking Plan to guide the future delivery of better public amenity, access and parking in the Elizabeth Street retail and restaurant strip.

Place-making specialists Village Well and sustainable transport planners MRCagney were engaged by City of Hobart for this project. Both firms are industry leaders in their respective fields and have specific expertise in main street renewal and integrated traffic planning. The project has explored the following three areas:

  • Place Vision
    The Place Vision will explore the community’s aspirations for the main street precinct, including access, parking and street vitality. The Vision will be based on the views of customers and visitors, as well as residents and traders and on current local conditions, patterns and issues.

  • Access and Parking Plan
    Car parking will be a priority of this project, with a focus on the Condell Place car park. This Plan will look at:
    • public transport services in the area
    • taxi and ride-share services (including food delivery)
    • bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and connections, including parking and pathways, and the general ‘walkability’ of the area
    • on-street and off-street car parking (both public and private) and possible changes to current parking arrangements.

  • Condell Place car park
    Informed by the Vision phase and the parking and movement work, Village Well and MRCagney will make recommendations on the future Condell Place car park.

Community Engagement Process

The City along with consultants Village Well and MRCagney undertook stakeholder engagement in February 2020. Engagement activities included:

  • three visioning workshops with local residents, property owners and traders
  • four access and parking workshops with local residents, property owners and traders
  • Interviews with former and current presidents of the North Hobart Traders Association
  • Interviews with representatives from key transport agencies and advocacy groups
  • Interviews with cultural clubs in the Precinct, including a representatives from the Italian and Greek communities and the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania.
  • Online survey and on-street intercept survey
  • Receipt of direct correspondence from individuals sharing their views and ideas for the precinct

The North Hobart Retail and Entertainment Precinct Engagement Report summarises the outcomes of this engagement work.

Reports into North Hobart future

Options for the future of North Hobart’s primary retail and entertainment precinct have been explored in a series of independent reports that are now available online.

The draft North Hobart Place Vision and Access and Parking Plan were commissioned to explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the popular Elizabeth Street dining, entertainment and retail strip.

The draft Place Vision is based on what customers, visitors, residents and traders value about the precinct, as gauged through a consultation process conducted in February.

More than 735 people contributed their ideas and opinions through surveys and face-to-face workshops for residents and property and business owners.

A separate report prepared by consultant MRCagney contains recommendations specific to the future use of Condell Place, which currently provides 88 car parking spaces.

In-depth community consultation around the published reports will be held following further analysis of the observations and recommendations contained within the reports. The reports can be viewed in full through the document library on this page. Information regarding the consultation process will be made available at a later date.


Get Involved