A report about building height regulations in Launceston that was released to the public has been welcomed.
Cityprom director Steve Henry congratulated the City of Launceston council on gaining community feedback.
“There is certainly a lot of buy in from the community about building heights of Launceston,” he said. “But, building heights is only one part of discussions about development in Launceston.”
He said setting parameters for developers would be beneficial to give them some surety to start their building application.
“We also want to be making sure we’re looking at the appropriate type of development within Launceston,” Mr Henty said.
“Sometimes we talk about heights and forget that the right building at the right height could be appropriate, where as the incorrect building at a particular height might not be.”
The body said it was also important to maintain the city’s heritage.
The suggestion that there are different heights for different areas of the city is an appropriate way to be looking at it.Steve Henty
“We want to make sure those parts of the city, like those heritage skylines and the view of the mountains, Gorge and those really unique attributes are maintained,” he said.
While he was unable to comment directly about the 30 metre proposal, having a number of precincts was important, he said.
“The suggestion that there are different heights for different areas of the city is an appropriate way to be looking at it,” Mr Henty said.
“It makes sense to me that all buildings heights and terrains will look different in different areas.”
Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein also welcomed the report release.
“They’re going to have a discussion with the community and I congratulate the council for doing that,” he said.
“It’s a matter of the local communities having a discussion, and local government providing the frame work to allow development to occur.”
Currently the tallest buildings in the city are Mantra on Charles and the Grand Chancellor, which are about 25-metres-tall. Myer and the St John Exchange buildings closely follow at 22 metres.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive Neil Grose said the body had seen the report.
“The report makes a number of observations and recommendations, all of which are yet to be considered in full by the Chamber of Commerce,” he said.
“The chamber will read the report and consult with chamber members in due course as to the recommendations made in the report.”
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