The Tasmanian government will rezone further land in Launceston for "affordable" housing as soon as possible under its fast-tracked process, which critics claim sidelines councils and communities.
The government has already moved to rezone 2.4 hectares on George Town Road in Newnham for 75 affordable and social homes, with a further 38 hectares across six parcels of government-owned land deemed "potentially suitable" in Launceston.
Two of those are on either side of Lilydale Road in Rocherlea, a 12.72 hectare section sits on the west side of Wildor Crescent in Ravenswood and another section takes in the land between Penquite Road and the wastewater plant in Norwood.
The government is also looking at six hectares on Techno Park Drive in Kings Meadows, and could rezone the University of Tasmania Newnham campus for affordable housing.
The list was not definitive at this stage.
Housing Minister Roger Jaensch said the pressing need for more housing meant land would be rezoned "as soon as we're able to".
"Our aim is to go to the bigger, better, most prospective blocks of land and see if they fit, if we can get them through this process, then we will move on with those and get housing on them," he said.
"Wherever we've got government land that is suitable, where the planning for the longer term has identified that these are areas for expansion of residential, then that's where we want to be."
Rather than broad acre social housing - as occurred in Rocherlea in the 1980s - the government instead wanted to provide a "mix" of public, community and private housing.
Mr Jaensch rejected Kingborough Council's claims that just 5 per cent of the 37-hectare Huntingfield fast-tracked rezoning would be for social housing.
"We're looking at a proportion of around 15 per cent of social and affordable housing," he said.
"What we do is blend that in among forms of housing so that we get a better mix.
"The sales of some of those that are going to the private market are funding those that we're providing for Tasmanians that need housing."
The Huntingfield rezoning has generated strong opposition from locals and statewide planning groups, who claim appropriate planning processes have been sidelined.
The fast-tracked rezoning plans became possible after the passing of the Housing Land Supply Act last year in which only bordering residents were required to be notified and the time to comment reduced from 28 days to 14 days. The rezoning also bypasses councils and the Planning Commission.
Mr Jaensch said the community could have a say when the development applications go before councils, but the parcels of land in question had already been identified by councils for residential growth.
"What hasn't changed is that the next steps after rezoning will go through the normal council process," he said.
"There will be a development application with a master plan for how we want to develop that whole site, how many houses, what the layout of the streets is going to be, where the open space is going to be... how they're going to get to the bus stop and highway."