The master plan for the University of Tasmania’s city campus includes three main buildings and the pedestrian and cycling bridge linking Willis Street to Inveresk.
While some parking will be removed, the university is working with the City of Launceston to increase the overall number of spaces available, including a 480 space car park underneath the Willis Street site.
The Australia Road Research Board has been engaged to provide advice relating to the car parking plan at Inveresk and a traffic management study has been undertaken by Pitt and Sherry.
Mayor Albert van Zetten said the City of Launceston was working collaboratively with the university to address high priority issues both for the council and the wider community.
This includes a traffic management plan that promotes public transport, cycling and pedestrian options as well as a car parking strategy to meet all the types of demands, including commuter use, time-limited car parking for Inveresk users, and the university generated demand.
A key component will an additional 750 car spaces off Forster Street.
The gateway building, to be constructed next to the accommodation block on the bank of the North Esk, was created as a result of stakeholder feedback.
It has been proposed to enable a reduction of height and scale of the original concepts and to provide a space for more deliberate engagement with the community.
The first stage of community consultation is set to occur over the next few months with a range options online, in writing and face-to-face.
Information about how to be involved will be on the University and City of Launceston’s websites by the end of July.
The federal government has committed $130 million to the project through the Launceston City Deal and the state government has pledged $65 million.
UTAS will put $60.5 million towards the relocation and the council committed the land at both Inveresk and Willis Street locations with a value of $4.5 million.
The University of Tasmania welcomed the first $10 million of the state government's contribution at the end of June and Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor said the federal cash would be ready when needed.
“The federal money will be available when the work [on the master plan] is complete,” he said.
“This master plan has got to go to the community, Infrastructure Australia needs to run their ruler over it as they do for major investments by the federal government and then of course it has to go through the council planning processes.”
Following the community feedback the university plans to submit a development application.