A development application for the University of Tasmania’s proposed $5 million car park at Invermay has been re-advertised after some members of the public became confused by the address.
The initial DA was listed in July and noted the development would take place at 2-4 Invermay Road. The re-advertised DA features the address and adds access will be off Forster Street for clarity.
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The council’s chief executive Michael Stretton said the decision was made in conjunction with UTAS.
“We decided to readvertise the application in the interests of transparency, with the words ‘access off Forster Street’ added to the application’s listed property address,” he said.
“Some members of the public had been confused by the listed address for the application, and the change was aimed at ensuring clarity.
“It is standard practice to use the gazetted address of a property when advertising a planning application, but given the scale of this proposal and the public interest, we believe it is appropriate to ensure members of the public have every opportunity to make an informed and reasonable representation.”
Mr Stretton said anyone who made representations against the previous DA were written to and were requested to resubmit their representations.
The car park will have more than 850 spaces for the public and UTAS students/staff as part of the university’s $360 million relocation plans.
A traffic impact assessment found the car park met traffic requirements despite likely attracting an additional 4272 vehicles per day. This included 602 vehicles per hour during the morning rush hour and 475 vehicles per hour during the afternoon rush hour.
The assessment also looked at the impacts of the additional traffic on the intersection on Forster Street and Invermay Road. It found the impact was acceptable.
At the council’s March 19 meeting, it voted in favour to lease the land to UTAS for a period of 20 years with an option to extend. However the public had to be notified and allowed to comment before it could go ahead.
On June 25, the council found leasing the land to UTAS for the car park was not contrary to public interest, despite four objections from the public. A signed lease was subject to the DA being approved.
In order for UTAS to lodge the DA the council had to give consent and consent was given on June 5 before the initial DA was lodged on July 11.
The re-advertised DA is available for public comment until August 24 and the council will likely consider the proposal at its September 3 meeting.
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