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In 2017 the Hobart City Council engaged Architect and Urban Design Consultant Leigh Wooley to present a report to Council to cover off on a number of issues including height control planes and specification of maximum height limits taking into consideration the City’s ‘urban amphitheatre.’
The Report entitled Building Height Standards Review was recently received by Council. The Report recommends three zones surrounding the city’s inner core precinct:
For the inner core the Report identified precinct amenity, townscape and heritage provisions and identified view cones to control height outcomes with the capacity for development above 45m, with limited opportunity on most urban blocks above 65m. The Report found that some locations height could rise to 75m without impacting primary view cones, subject to heritage and detailed townscape provisions.
Council planners considered the Woolley Report in detail and determined that for various reasons, including heritage and shadow considerations, the maximum heights proposed by Mr Woolley should be reduced.
As an alternative, city planners proposed a different set of heights complemented by a discretion to go above that height in certain circumstances. In no place within the city can the height go above 48m, with a discretion to increase to 60m (which is 3m higher than the AMP Building on the corner of Elizabeth and Collins Streets).
The maximum build height to 60m, which includes the discretionary allowance, is limited to a very small proportion of the city.
The Liveable Hobart Group’s (LHG) position supports the Council planners recommendation as a sensible outcome for a transforming that respects existing architecture and amenity and our sense of place.