A proposed structure plan for Sandy Bay and Mt Nelson came under fire at Monday’s Hobart City Council meeting.
The plan’s been flagged in response to the November elector poll on the University of Tasmania’s housing estate plans, which found around three-quarters of Hobart voters were against.
The overwhelmingly negative response prompted council to withdraw its campus rezoning application and the proposed mini suburb for the site remains in limbo.
While a majority of council was in favour of the structure plan, Alderman Marti Zucco wasn’t impressed.
“The next fundamental important steps should not be a structure plan, not kicking it down the road, not giving more opportunity for UTAS in the next 12-18 months to keep on putting planning applications forward,” said Ald. Zucco.
“This council should facilitate a meeting with Save UTAS, the State Government, Council, UTAS…let’s get them around the table.”
But CEO Kelly Grigsby told the meeting the structure plan is “critically important”.
“These then inform any sort of future plans that occur in relation to planning scheme amendments and also local area provisions, so it does actually affect, over time, future land use,” she said.
“It’s about putting the community at the centre of future land use and broader social and economic planning, cultural planning, for a whole suburb.”
Council also passed a motion to write a letter to the University urging it to halt any further Sandy Bay moves until more community consultatation is undertaken.