A petition against the proposed Gorge Hotel is not able to be submitted before the council makes a decision about the development.
The petition raises concerns about the proposed hotel's height, visual effects and location.
It is being put forward by a neighbour of the site where the proposal is expected to be built in Paterson Street.
However, the City of Launceston council general manager Michael Stretton said the petition could not be accepted because the agenda for Thursday's meeting had closed.
"[That] removes the ability to table a petition for consideration at the meeting," he said.
The council will consider the development application at its meeting on Thursday. Mr Stretton said those for and against the proposal would have the opportunity to speak to the item.
"As the planning authority responsible for assessing the development application for the proposed hotel, the council is required to solely consider the planning merits of the application," Mr Stretton said.
"We appreciate there are a diversity of views on planning applications."
How a building looks is not supposed to be considered when the council is acting as a planning authority.
The petition was started after a meeting between the council and the representors of the hotel. More than 251 signatures have already been received since the petition was started on Monday.
"In these two comparison cases used [in the development application], the proposed developments heights were only higher than one other building in their vicinities," the petition said.
"Whereas, this we believe does not compare to the Gorge development in which the height is twice that of the highest surrounding buildings and will stand to become [one of] the tallest building in the two-hundred-and-thirteen-year-old city."
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Concerns about the height of the 39-metre proposal were raised because the surrounding building, Launceston College, is about 21 metres.
The meeting will start at 1pm at the Town Hall.
Those speaking to the item will be given two minutes.
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