An $8 million proposal to develop a 38-unit visitor accommodation building on Launceston's Elizabeth street has ignited debate and will need amendments for it to go ahead.
A development application for the progressive changes to the Hotel Colonial and Three Steps on George site was first advertised on May 22.
Submissions regarding the proposal were concluded on June 7, but not before 17 representations were made evaluating whether the new building would be in keeping with building regulations and some community values.
A comprehensive representation from Heritage Protection Society (Tasmania) president Lionel Morrell proposed the removal of level three and the northern end rooms of the building - resulting in a 17 room reduction - and adding an extra part level of six rooms.
Mr Morrell wrote the building would represent the first construction mounted on the site since 1806.
His submission also took issue with an illuminated sign which would sit on the corner of Elizabeth and George streets and a proposed black and grey colour scheme. This was echoed by a number of other submissions.
Concerns about how the addition of 38 units would impact on car parking in the area.
The DA indicated there would be a net reduction in car parking spaces from 69 to 63.
A representation from Carol Westmore expressed concern that no provision of car parking in the DA "would aggravate access for the adjoining residents".
The application was lodged by Denham Studio Architects on behalf of Hotel Colonial owner Dale Pentland.
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In response to the representations the architectural firm confirmed the colour scheme of the building would be amended, along with changes to the proposed font of the illuminated sign.
It also addressed queries over car parking: "the parking that is leased by the Hotel Colonial will be available for use by the additional 38 rooms".
Thursday's City of Launceston meeting will see the plans go to a vote.
Council town planner Duncan Payton recommended a permit be approved for the development pending 17 amendments to the original plans.
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