A revised master plan for a proposed $450 million project near Evandale has been lodged with the Northern Midlands Council.
The Ridgeside Lane project includes more than 600 housing lots, a hotel and conference centre, botanical garden and a sustainability centre, and is the work of Sydney-based developers Traders in Purple.
Among the changes is a decrease in the number of land lots from 658 to 631, Traders in Purple chief executive Brett Robinson said.
"The revision of the master plan offered Traders In Purple an opportunity to revisit the social amenity of the whole project. What works best where, and how will residents and visitors interact with the site and each other? The new master plan answers these questions and now we have better flow and improved connectivity," he said.
The aged care facility and retirement village have been relocated to provide greater interaction with the smaller homes, short-term accommodation, community gardens, and open spaces.
"We have consolidated the health and wellbeing centre and the eco accommodation to allow easy access between facilities and to create a larger open space," he said.
"We have also relocated the hotel and conference centre to overlook the botanical gardens - which we have increased in size - to encourage visitors to leave their rooms and interact with the community."
The hotel will still face towards Launceston.
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The central parkland area increased and the relocation of the AFL-sized oval is now closer to the main entry of the site. This is also the new location of the sustainability centre and artisan hub.
Greater separation between farms adjoining the site has also occurred, with all residential and accommodation facilities being re-positioned at least 200 metres from the northern boundary.
The buffer zone has also been increased from 50 metres to 200 metres and will feature more than 20,000 native trees and flora.
The master plan was updated as a result of the community feedback the company received at the last council meeting, Mr Robinson said, with plans to continue the consultation process as the plan evolves.
"Following a request from council, the revised submission incorporates extensive and exhaustive, independent, expert reports on everything from environmental impacts, flora and fauna, traffic, bushfire, to Aboriginal heritage," Mr Robinson said.
"As a result, we are very happy with how the proposed master plan looks today. After accommodating all of the feedback we received ... we were still able to maintain the integrity and improve the community outcomes of the project."
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Traders in Purple is requesting an amendment to the Northern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy.
Ridgeside Lane is expected to take a number of decades to complete.
The revised plan was lodged with the Northern Midlands Council on July 8.
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