There were concerns the Perth Link Roads project could negatively affect the Perth as traffic travelling north to Launceston or south to Hobart would bypass it but a housing boom has popped up instead.
The project will connect the upgrades between Perth and Breadalbane, and Perth and Symmons Plain and is expected to be completed in 2021.
Northern Midlands mayor Mary Knowles said the housing boom could double the size of the town, taking it from 3000 residents to close to 6000 in the future.
"The land is going to be opening up on the inside of the highway will possibly enable about 600 to 800 homes over next 10 to 15 years," she said.
"Our plan is to make Perth a really livable area, we're working hard to make it livable."
The Northern Midlands Council developed a masterplan in 2017 for the town which included building cycle and walking paths to link to the centre of town in anticipation of the town's growth.
In addition to new paths along the South Esk River and also creating a new footbridge to extend the pathway along the river.
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Councillor Knowles said the council were planting trees at the moment with an intention to create a 4.5 kilometre corridor of trees near the highway.
"We want to make it a place where people want to live and a beautiful location, and that close to Launceston there will be no real issues in people wanting to live there."
"For our beautification plan we've planted 100s of trees, in the end it will 1000s of trees and to link up paths with the main street.
"It will take lots of time but also want to open the river up to more people, it will take years."
The masterplan identified changing the former quarry site into an open space park for recreation and undertaking works, such as street-scaping, to enhance the Main Road retail setting.
Land on the western side of Perth has had flooding issues and the council has purchased some land in the area to capture silt as it runs off in an attempt to reduce the amount of silt running into the river.
Councillor Knowles said the council was trialing the silt catchment points but could potentially develop more of those areas if it reduced flooding.
"Any future housing development needs to have (flooding) in mind," she said.
"We want to create beautiful places for the community so they have places to picnic and walk, but it's an area any excess water can be dealt with and run away without damaging peoples homes."
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