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Metropolitan planning in the Greater Hobart region : considerations, options and a preferred organisational model


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Mackey, Damian 1996 , 'Metropolitan planning in the Greater Hobart region : considerations, options and a preferred organisational model', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The greater Hobart metropolitan area is home to almost 200,000 people,
constituting the largest urban centre and capital city of the island State of
Tasmania, Australia. It is centred on the Derwent River estuary with the
built area taking a linear form, extending along both sides of the river,
hemmed in by hills and mountains on either side.
At present there is no single body responsible for monitoring, planning,
directing and controlling growth and development over the entire
metropolitan area. The key city-forming and city-serving functions of
government are generally divided between Tasmania's State Government
and five local Councils at the Local Government level. There are no
substantial mechanisms for facilitating cooperation and coordination
between and across levels, and no mechanisms whatsoever for
undertaking metro-wide strategic planning. Over the last half century
several attempts have been made to establish a regional planning body; all
have failed.
The Hobart metropolitan area lacks an understanding of its place in the
greater scheme of things, particularly in the new world economy, and
subsequently has no clear vision of its future. At a more mundane - but not
unrelated - level there are no metro-wide policies or strategies for the
direction of growth and the location of facilities, employment, housing,
industrial areas, commercial areas and so on. The provision of
infrastructure follows development pressures, rather than leading the way
under a coordinated and pre-planned strategy towards some generally
agreed vision. There are no mechanisms capable of recognising and
dealing with metropolitan issues, whilst decisions made by local Councils
and the various State agencies often have effects with metropolitan
This paper attempts to examine the need for metropolitan planning,
understand the reasons for the failure of previous attempts, analyse the
options suitable in the Hobart context and, finally, to recommend an
appropriate model. It is based on the premise that, before metropolitan
planning can take place, a robust mechanism with real powers must first be
devised and implemented.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Mackey, Damian
Keywords: City planning
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Thesis (M.T.P.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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