FOLLOWING the Tasmanian Planning Commission's rejection of a proposed $300 million canal estate development at Ralphs Bay, Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, last week announced the State Government will move to ban canal estate developments in Tasmania.
The government says the ban will give developers more certainty and help attract the best and most sustainable developments to Tasmania. "In coming weeks, I will take a paper to Cabinet, outlining the process by which we can deliver certainty for potential investors, by banning the development of canal estates," Mr Bartlett said.
"Tasmania has some of the most spectacular and precious coastline in the world, and we've developed a robust planning system to both protect and utilise it, based on the highest standards of quality and sustainability. "In applying those standards, the Tasmanian Planning Commission has delivered a comprehensive rejection of the canal estate development proposed for Ralphs Bay," Mr Bartlett said.
"I've formed the view that canal estate developments are not appropriate for Tasmania. The Tasmanian community has also spoken on this issue – with the overwhelming majority of public submissions opposed to the Ralphs Bay proposal," Mr Bartlett said.
The proposed development at Ralphs Bay, by Walker Corporation, was to involve land reclamation and the development of 248 waterfront allotments, 76 foreshore allotments, 38 internal allotments, 109 villa allotments, 6 medium density allotments, a 2,859 square metre commercial precinct, up to 140 public marina moorings and new and revegetated parklands.
The proposal was rejected by the Commission on the basis of being unsustainable, having incompatible urban form and its affects on avian ecology. Other factors included its visual impact, construction duration and impact of the development on the existing amenity of the community.