Plans for the University of Tasmania to build a $5 million car park at Invermay have been recommended for approval by an independent consultant.
As the development application is on the City of Launceston council’s land at 2-4 Invermay Road off Forster Street, an independent planning consultant was brought in to evaluate the project.
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.
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The consultant found, subject to conditions, the DA complied and therefore recommended it for approval.
Twenty-six conditions were listed, including amended plans such as road widening on Forster St, additional footpaths and a revised car park layout and landscaping plans to reflect the requirements of the Heritage Council of Tasmania.
The requirements by the heritage council state the 1922 Roundhouse base, rail lines and central turntable must be protected during work at the site and there must be no impact on the integrity of it. To ensure this amended landscaping plans must be approved by the heritage council prior to commencement.
The DA making it to the city council for a decision comes after a lengthy process.
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.
The DA was initially advertised in July before it was re-advertised in August for clarity. Because some members of the public were confused by the address, which did not include access would be off Forster St.
The final decision on the DA will come down to the councillors at their meeting on Thursday afternoon.
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