After voting positively on a feasibility study report, the City of Launceston is now seeking community feedback from Relbia residents about the future of their suburb.
Approximately twenty minutes from the CBD, Relbia was identified in the 2014 Greater Launceston Plan as a suburb likely to experience future residential growth.
As part of the strategic review, the council is now seeking feedback on three scenarios of possible future growth in Relbia, following initial feedback from public consultation sessions held last year.
They include a no change scenario; a limited change scenario with maintaining current zoning patterns for most of the area with some adjustment to subdivision minimum lot sizes in certain locations; and a substantial change scenario to identify precincts of land that could be rezoned to provide for low density residential, with preservation of rural living zoning in between.
The report highlighted the need to maintain the area's semi-rural character, and that the community was generally opposed to broadscale subdivision.
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The Relbia Feasibility Study report recommended the limited change approach be taken, with the council now seeking further feedback.
Consultation has opened on the council's Your Voice Your Launceston website and will close on February 12. 2021, with Relbia residents to receive hard copy surveys in coming days.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the consultation was aimed at understanding what Relbia residents valued about their suburb, and their thoughts on its priorities for the future.
"We already know from past consultation that Relbia residents love the area's rural setting, its proximity to nature, its wildlife, and scenic character," Mayor van Zetten said.
"And we also know while most residents are not supportive of broad-scale residential subdivisions in the future, that they do expect there will be some level of residential growth - how we manage that is what this process is seeking to understand.
"This is an opportunity for Relbia residents to have a direct say on the strategic priorities for their suburb, and I encourage them to make their voice heard."
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