Hillwood structure plan recognised at national awards

Bridget Archer
Bridget Archer

George Town Council has been praised at a national level for one of its projects. 

At the Planning Institute of Australia awards, the council was commended for its Hillwood Structure Plan, which was nominated in the Hard Won Victory category. 

The category is awarded to planning initiatives, efforts or leadership that have resulted in positive planning outcomes.

George Town mayor Bridget archer said it was “very exciting”. 

“Council are extremely proud of the work carried out on the plan, particularly the way that it demonstrates that strategic land use planning can be carried out with huge overlays,” she said.

“This is vitally important to regional councils given population is the key to viability, but it must be done in a sustainable matter.”

The structure plan was developed in response to a growing number of inquiries from Hillwood landowners, who identified a need for further land to be released and an “under supply” of options, Cr Archer said. 

“The plan is effectively a blue print that facilitates development but also seeks to protect the agricultural industry of the area from land use conflict,” she said.

The award nomination came from the Tasmanian branch of the Planning Institute of Australia after the Hillwood structure plan taking out the state award in 2017. 

The nomination said the plan made excellent use of “slim council resources”, and helped convey the value of strategic planning to elected councillors.

The plan also addressed the demand of subdivisions on the urban fringe.