Better planning

MY VISION

Planning for Hobart’s future is done in a more strategic and proactive way to create a more sustainable and livable city.

The city is part of a well-resourced regional planning body that cooperates across local government areas and with state and federal governments and the community.

City development and planning rules should primarily focus on and emphasise quality of design, protecting heritage and neighbourhood character.

City development and planning has accessible, fair and accountable processes. The Council defends it rules and ensures there is a strong culture of compliance so that the community has trust in planning rules.

For our CBD, I would like to see a maximum height limit that reflects the existing 45 metre height rule and reduces the discretion in approving proposals. I would also like to promote more proactive planning to encourage the development of medium density housing in the city and restoring and reusing our heritage buildings.

ACTION

We need a more proactive plan for Hobart that allows us to grow in a more sustainable way.

I will:

  • investigate the introduction of a small visitor levy to help us fund tourist infrastructure into the future. A small levy per visitor night would barely be noticed by tourists, but could be a big help local governments struggling to keep up with the costs of infrastructure.
  • Public transport can help shape our city and provide more opportunities for housing. Hobart’s Northern Suburbs rail corridor is a great place for developing affordable medium density housing rather than sprawling into rural suburbs.

Hobart and Glenorchy Councils are already working together but development of the corridor needs to be prioritised in the next term. I will push to establish a funded Project Team to create incentives for development of the area, along with the roll out of a light rail service.

I will work to develop a strategic vision for the future development of the area between the city and north Hobart as a model of high quality, sustainable medium density development. The policy will enable the development of the area as a mixed use neighbourhood with a diversity of residential types to accommodate all incomes, and best practise building and urban design.

I have an open mind to amalgamation with Glenorchy City Council, but I would consult with the community and support an elector poll on this question before any steps were taken to advance this.

Review options to use local area provision schedules in the Statewide Planning Scheme to:

  • strengthen ‘right to sun light’ protections and solar access in planning
  • create Special Area Plans that protect what is special about local areas and to ensure implementation of Neighborhood Plans.

Launch a city-wide planning conversation to involve citizens in deciding how to add density, affordability and sensitive urban infill into their neighbourhoods.

Advocate for Hobart Council to organise, promote and sponsor City Design Awards, with categories for heritage reuse, modern development and green design. The Awards will help to promote a culture of high quality design in the development sector.

Continually review the way that Hobart City Council Planning Department does business to ensure that it is finding ways to improve information and services. I would like to see:

  • more effort to improve the accessibility of information for the community, applicants and representors to understand the planning process.
  • ensure planners and Aldermen have site visits for complex applications so that there is good understanding of the issues.
  • request developers to hold community consultation exercises before applications are submitted to avoid later conflicts.
  • require Construction Management Plans are submitted and publicly available for developments over a certain size.

I will advocate for increased penalties for the demolition of heritage properties. This is essential to avoid the situation where people buy heritage-listed properties for reduced prices and then illegally demolishing them knowing the fines will only represent a small percentage of the newly developed property value.

I will ask for:

– penalties for offences under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act (LUPAA) to be increased and brought into line with those of the Historic Cultural Heritage Act (5000 penalty units rather than 500 penalty units), and

– as in the Historic Cultural Heritage Act, LUPAA provide a possible ban on development of up to five years.

I will also lobby for reform of development contribution arrangements to allow government to capture a fair proportion of the uplift in property values for the purposes of building necessary new community infrastructure, and improving existing infrastructure.

Push for an increase in the budget for inspections and compliance to ensure compliance with planning DAs and building laws.