In conjunction with BPSM Architects, JMG were engaged by the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania (RAST) to develop and implement a master plan for the Royal Hobart Showgrounds site. The plan was developed to provide a vision for the sustainable future of the RAST at the showgrounds.
A detailed analysis of the site found that ad-hoc developments over time had resulted in inefficient use of the site. Its ageing buildings meant prohibitively costly maintenance and new functions expected of contemporary show facilities necessitated improved infrastructure.
The Master Plan provided adequate space allocation for all aspects and future needs of the Royal Hobart Show, improved flexibility of site usage to increase community use and improved site infrastructure and access arrangements. By improving the efficiency of land use on the site, the Master Plan was able to open up part of the site for new commercial development, thereby generating a source of revenue to fund the capital works program.
To implement the Master Plan it was necessary to obtain approval for an amendment to the current planning scheme. The amendments included the insertion of site specific use and development standards, designed to ensure that future development is of high quality and in accordance with the long term vision for the site. The development controls also provide certainty for surrounding residents with respect to the type and form of future development on the site. The planning scheme amendments were introduced at a time of state-wide planning reform and so had to be consistent with the new template for planning but also work within the context of the current scheme.
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