- What will Launceston look and feel like in 20 years?
- Where will new housing be located and how will people live?
- How will we get around the city and region?
- What infrastructure and projects should government invest in?
- Building upon our assets
- Creative and innovative
- Connected and inclusive
- Revitalise the Launceston CBD
- Create new centres for commercial and community activity
- Regenerate the city’s northern suburbs
- Link the city’s major parklands
- Create better planning for new suburbs
- Attract investment to employment precincts at Bell Bay and
- Launceston Airport
- Build the Launceston Connector Route
What is the Greater Launceston Plan?
The Greater Launceston Plan (GLP) provides a plan for the sustainable development of Launceston and surrounding areas for the next 20 years.
It is a project initiated and led by the Launceston City Council in collaboration with the George Town Council, Meander Valley Council, Northern Midlands Council and West Tamar Council.
It answers questions such as:
The GLP was developed following substantial research on the future of the region, data analysis and consultation with the community during 2012.
In 2012 the Launceston community told us that the Plan should focus on increasing economic prosperity, liveability and creativity in the region. These are now some of the key focus areas for the GLP.
What is the VISION for Greater Launceston?
The vision for Greater Launceston is a city and region that is:
The Plan provides a strategy to:
What PRIORITY PROJECTS are contained within the Plan?
The Draft Plan contains 41 prospective projects for the Greater Launceston
Region. These include infrastructure investment projects, economic
development projects, new governance models, and liveability and
environmental improvements. The projects provide the foundation for
government and private investment in the region over the coming decades.
• The Launceston City Heart Project includes a set of initiatives that will
revitalise the Launceston CBD. The City Heart Project will promote a greater
diversity of activities in the CBD, the reuse of vacant buildings, and better
• Building the Launceston Connector Route (LRC). The LRC will provide an
alternative route around Central Launceston and the inner suburbs. It will
connect the East Tamar, Midland, Bass and Tasman Highways.
• The North Bank Precinct. The Tamar/North Esk riverfront at Invermay will
be revitalised. A new commercial, tourism and recreational precinct will be
created, along with new boardwalks and pathways.
• The Living in the City program promotes development on sites in the city’s
established suburbs. The aim of the program is to increase the diversity of
housing options, and to meet the changing needs of our community. The
program will encourage creative and sustainable housing design.
• The Northern Suburbs Strategy will provide a blueprint for social and
physical development in our northern suburbs. New parks and pathways,
mixed-use developments, and economic opportunities will be created.
• Further planning and investment attraction for Bell Port Bay and the
Launceston Airport Gateway precinct. These precincts are critical to the
economic future of Northern Tasmania.
• The Metropolitan Parks and Pathways project will create a regional
network of parks and pathways which will enhance liveability and
recreational opportunities in our city.
• Various governance and coordination projects. Partner councils will
jointly implement the Plan through new governance and coordination
systems, and through new environmental standards. A ‘Communities of
Interest’ project will ensure our community plays a key part in the rollout of
What is planned for my local area?
The GLP contains detailed planning for three key precincts in the city – the
Launceston CBD, Kings Meadows and Mowbray.
• The Launceston Central Area Development Strategy provides a master
plan for the revitalisation of the city centre. This includes public space
improvements, and the development of new precincts. The Strategy details
design guidelines for future development in the CBD as well as improved
access in and around the city centre.
• Kings Meadows plays an important role as a centre for commercial and
community activity. Major retail investment is currently planned for the area
and the King Meadows Precinct Plan provides a vision for the future of the
centre. This includes the revitalisation of Hobart Road, attracting a greater
mix of businesses to the area, and better urban design.
• The Mowbray Precinct Plan provides a vision for the future of this major
commercial centre. It provides a plan to expand Mowbray Marketplace,
revitalise Invermay Road, build a new multi-purpose community facility, and
encourage medium density housing in the area. The Plan will also
encourage better links to the UTAS campus.