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Sustainable hilside planning for Glenorchy


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Marsden, Cheramie Julia 1995 , 'Sustainable hilside planning for Glenorchy', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The sprawl which characterises most Australian cities has meant that
hillsides within the urban setting have become increasingly threatened by
inappropriate, unsustainable development. A major factor which enables
such developments to occur is the lack of information on the
environmental qualities of the hillsides. If this information is not
available when planning authorities are formulating planning policies
and making decisions, the most sustainable use of the land can not be
considered. It also means that any planning control mechanisms that are
established may not be adequate in terms of protecting these
environmental values.
Cities such as Glenorchy in the Greater Hobart Area of Tasmania have a
'sustainability advantage' over many other Australian cities by virtue of
their limited population growth and comparatively 'natural'
surroundings. However, as this case study of the Glenorchy Municipal
Area shows, urban expansion is still prevalent. If the precautionary
principle is not heeded more of the natural hillside areas which contribute
to the creation of the sense of place and wellbeing may be lost.
A brief historical background to people's attitudes towards the natural
environment is examined, tracing perceptions from early settlement to the
current emphasis on sustainable development and the maintenance of
biological diversity. As well as providing an indication of how natural
areas are valued, it reveals that the public of today tend to be very aware of
environmental degradation caused by insensitive development controls.
The new resource management and planning system of Tasmania reflects
the public's concern for environmental protection by placing more
responsibility on local government to explicitly consider the effects of any
use or development (including subdivision) on the natural environment.
Key environmental characteristics of Glenorchy, namely slope, vegetation,
fire hazards, land stability (geology), and visual prominence are discussed
and mapped. This exercise emphasised the lack of current information on
characteristics such as the vegetation types and the location of any rare,
threatened and endangered species and communities.
The study concludes that the urban/bush interface is of central concern to
the protection of the environmental qualities of the hills, as it is in this
area that future development is most likely to occur. A number of broad
recommendations for the hillsides of Glenorchy are made, along with
more specific recommendations relating to the urban/bush interface,
termed the Hillside Conservation Area.
The recommendations are:-
1. Short Term
• Undertake a comprehensive environmental inventory of the hillsides
of Glenorchy; and
• Establish Guidelines for the Hillside Conservation Area, which can be
also used to assess discretionary developments in the existing
Landscape and Conservation Zone.
2. Medium Term
• Re-evaluate the Landscape and Conservation Zone boundary and
those zones situated in the Hillside Conservation Area, especially the
Future Urban Zones.
3. Medium/Long Term
• Lobby for a State Policy on sustainable hillside planning to ensure a
consistent and coordinated planning approach throughout the State.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Marsden, Cheramie Julia
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