There has been much opposition (particularly on social media) to the University of Tasmania's move to Inveresk.
Stage one of the campus, which includes the library and student services building and a pedestrian bridge to connect Inveresk to Willis Street, will be brought to the City of Launceston Council's table at next week's meeting.
Interestingly, despite a vocal minority of opposition to the campus, stage one only received 10 representations against the development.
While it's obvious UTAS has much work to do to get its ducks all lined up in a row, the development will help breathe some new life into an area that has not seen new development in many years.
Issues such as parking, flood risk management and accommodation are legitimate concerns and will be addressed and monitored as the development progresses.
However, the designs put forward by the consortium of architects working on stage one of the campus, have been tasteful in keeping with the existing heritage feel of the area, and will likely blend in as a modern take on historical architecture, and will be a mix of old and new - something Launceston is becoming increasingly known for.
Whether or not the campus will reinvigorate the Launceston CBD is yet to be seen, but a move from Newnham to Inveresk does meet with UTAS' new vision to be 'place-based' and intertwined with communities.
City of Launceston planning officers have recommended the first stage of the development be approved but it will be up to the councillors whether or not it gets the official rubber stamp, during their planning deliberations.
Councillors operate within strict planning legislation rules and can not deny a development application based on aesthetics or the fact that neighbours just don't like it. But they can't make an informed decision if they are not told of residents concerns.
If the UTAS DA only received 10 representations against it, then it's clear the majority of people in Launceston support the development. And if that is so, is it time to set aside squabbles over the campus and embrace what is likely to be a significant investment.