It's official, the Good Guys will make their way to Invermay and in turn gift Launceston its first store of the national electronic retail chain.
The City of Launceston council approved the $5 million development at it's Thursdaymeeting, despite four submissions raising concerns about it adding to traffic congestion.
The traffic impact assessment submitted with the application estimated the business would attract 437 vehicles per day and once developed, the whole site would generate up to 643 movements. However, it stated it met traffic and transport requirements.
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Councillor Janie Finlay said people were concerned about the traffic adding to congestion and it was important, but the Invermay Traffic Master Plan was committed to addressing the issue.
"I do want to place on record the importance of the unrelated matter to this DA of the... traffic master plan, the implementation of the recommendations, and the commitment to address and continue to make strong decisions to improve the traffic management flow in the area," she said.
"Because although this development was considered as a part of the master plan, and the additional traffic movements calculated within those assessments. This does add to an already challenging environment, but one within which the council and the state has committed to improve."
The development application for 65-77 Gleadow Street, Invermay, proposed subdividing the lot into five lots, building The Good Guys store on one of the lots and a new public road into the division.
The new public road connecting Goderich Street and Olgilvile Road, allowing direct access into the electrical store, was designed in consultation with the Department of State Growth.
Councillor Tim Walker supported the development but noted the traffic master plan for the area would be tested by any future developments.
"We're not to know what the future developments will be and how much further pressure is put on the traffic system," he said.
"I understand we have a master plan for the area, it will be tested and it must show some improvement but Launceston is a challenge city in the fact that we are in a valley. There are only certain areas where we can channel traffic."
The total floor area of the store will be about 2475.55 square metres and will include 98 parking spaces, motorbike and bicycle parking and two loading bays.
It will become the state's second store and is likely to employ 25 full-time staff, with the first store located in Hobart's suburb of Moonah.