Legislation to move Mac Point forward

Mac Point is one of the most attractive, centrally located capital city development sites in the entire country. By taking full advantage of the site’s potential we can unlock millions of dollars of investment, create hundreds of jobs and deliver a hub that will serve the community for generations to come.

Since the Macquarie Point Development Corporation was established, its major focus has been on the remediation of the site and planning for what is a very bright future for one of the last great inner-capital city development projects.

With the remediation work well underway and an innovative master plan in place - drawn from the Mona vision for the site - we are now preparing to move into the investment and development phase of the project.

To provide the right framework to ensure developments start as soon as possible, the State Government has new legislation to ensure we seize the opportunities that Mac Point presents.

The legislation will enshrine the masterplan as the vision for Mac Point, provide certainty for investors and the community and clarify planning issues.

The Macquarie Point Development Corporation Amendment Bill 2018 passed parliament in November 2018.

Currently the planning controls for the site reflect the old masterplan, however, the implementation of that plan is heavily constrained by the limitation of both sensitive and non-sensitive uses across the site. The bill provides a framework to facilitate investment in, and the development of, the Mac Point site by resetting the masterplan and drawing from the Mona vision to bring the site to life. It also updates the Macquarie Point Development Corporation Act 2012 to reflect a shift in the Corporation's focus from remediation to redevelopment. Hobart City Council will remain as the planning authority for all projects, which will still be assessed against the provisions in that planning scheme, including the need for a period of public comment.

Furthermore, the bill also requires consistency with the existing strategic framework and conservation of cultural heritage values of the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme.

The Corporation has been finalising the planning amendment to support development on the site in line with its revised masterplan. To give you some idea of the changes involved, the proposed amendments to the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 involve -

• The arts and institutional use area adding exhibition centre as a permitted use but moving gambling, hospital services and recreational boating facility to prohibited uses.

• The mixed-use area adding exhibition centre and manufacturing sales to permitted use status along with residential accommodation.

• Heights being broadly consistent with the existing limits.

• The total combined areas of various uses changed to reflect a more civic focus for the site, however the overall footprint is broadly in line with the current site plan.

• Open space remaining a prominent feature, with more than 50 per cent of the site set aside for public open space.

The Government is continuing to work closely with the Federal Government and the private sector to progress the Antarctic and Science Precinct, which provides the opportunity for a nationally significant development on the site. Mac Point will also be included in the City Deal that is currently being negotiated.

There are some 13 projects underway on site that will roll out over the next financial year. These developments will energise the site whilst furthering the site’s purpose of science, art, culture and tourism.

Mac Point is one of the most attractive, centrally located capital city development sites in the entire country. By taking full advantage of the site’s potential we can unlock millions of dollars of investment, create hundreds of jobs and deliver a hub that will serve the community for generations to come.

Since the Macquarie Point Development Corporation was established, its major focus has been on the remediation of the site and planning for what is a very bright future for one of the last great inner-capital city development projects.

With the remediation work well underway and an innovative master plan in place - drawn from the Mona vision for the site - we are now preparing to move into the investment and development phase of the project.

To provide the right framework to ensure developments start as soon as possible, the State Government has new legislation to ensure we seize the opportunities that Mac Point presents.

The legislation will enshrine the masterplan as the vision for Mac Point, provide certainty for investors and the community and clarify planning issues.

The Macquarie Point Development Corporation Amendment Bill 2018 passed parliament in November 2018.

Currently the planning controls for the site reflect the old masterplan, however, the implementation of that plan is heavily constrained by the limitation of both sensitive and non-sensitive uses across the site. The bill provides a framework to facilitate investment in, and the development of, the Mac Point site by resetting the masterplan and drawing from the Mona vision to bring the site to life. It also updates the Macquarie Point Development Corporation Act 2012 to reflect a shift in the Corporation's focus from remediation to redevelopment. Hobart City Council will remain as the planning authority for all projects, which will still be assessed against the provisions in that planning scheme, including the need for a period of public comment.

Furthermore, the bill also requires consistency with the existing strategic framework and conservation of cultural heritage values of the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme.

The Corporation has been finalising the planning amendment to support development on the site in line with its revised masterplan. To give you some idea of the changes involved, the proposed amendments to the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme 1997 involve -

• The arts and institutional use area adding exhibition centre as a permitted use but moving gambling, hospital services and recreational boating facility to prohibited uses.

• The mixed-use area adding exhibition centre and manufacturing sales to permitted use status along with residential accommodation.

• Heights being broadly consistent with the existing limits.

• The total combined areas of various uses changed to reflect a more civic focus for the site, however the overall footprint is broadly in line with the current site plan.

• Open space remaining a prominent feature, with more than 50 per cent of the site set aside for public open space.

The Government is continuing to work closely with the Federal Government and the private sector to progress the Antarctic and Science Precinct, which provides the opportunity for a nationally significant development on the site. Mac Point will also be included in the City Deal that is currently being negotiated.

There are some 13 projects underway on site that will roll out over the next financial year. These developments will energise the site whilst furthering the site’s purpose of science, art, culture and tourism.