Charrette Mid-Term Summary

Below is a summary of the charrette background and progress up to the mid-term. The full mid-term presentation, materials, and a survey are available here.


The projects goals are to develop a masterplan for our site, in consultation with the community, that best meets the long-term goals of; The Community, Clarence Council, Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Carr Family.

We believe this carefully developed masterplan can then inform and guide refinements to the Structure Plan that Clarence Council is developing for Planning Commission approval, before further subdivision can begin.

To develop the masterplan DPZ CoDesign (DPZ) are conducting this charrette that brings together many planning experts (10), and the community, for an intense interactive 10-day planning workshop. 

Before this charrette began, discussions with Community Groups, Government Departments, local planning consultants, engineers and adjoining landowners were held. Various Geological, Heritage, and other previously completed studies were reviewed. A Residential and Commercial Market Assessment by Macroplan from Melbourne and a Traffic Engineering Assessment by Traffix Group from Melbourne were also been completed to help develop a realistic, implementable masterplan.

The masterplan seeks to replace urban sprawl, which very few people like or want, with the concept of diverse neighborhoods where, many studies show, residents enjoy a much happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

The masterplan focuses on many issues but some of the most important include:

  • To Create “walkable neighborhoods”, a goal of Clarence Council, State Government, other places across Australia and around the world.  Six neighbourhoods are shown in the masterplan. These walkable neighbourhoods are organized on a grid of safe streets that put everyone within a 5-minute walk of a neighbourhood centre that may include for example; a coffee shop, small milk bar/grocery store, a doctor’s office and small offices for an architect, engineer, solicitor, real estate agent, home maintenance/landscaping services and similar.
  • To provide a wide diversity of dwelling types including 4-bedroom single family homes, 2-bedroom homes, rowhouses, flats and other multi-tenant buildings for singles, for retirees and for the elderly who may need care. This range of accommodation types is unmet now but is an important finding of the Macroplan assessment. Additionally, it is well aligned to the State of Tasmania’s “Towards infill Housing Development” document that promotes a greater diversity of housing to meet changing demographic needs. 
  • To incorporate parks into the neighborhoods, where people can enjoy a range of active and passive recreational opportunities within a short walking distance of most homes. 
  • To preserve parkland areas large and small for everyone’s enjoyment
  • To provide safe walking and bicycling paths and trails up to and along the hilltops and down to and along the shoreline and neighborhood centres.
  • To provide commemorative structures and/or public art to celebrate three key aspects of the peninsular’s history: Aboriginal Heritage, Collins Whaling Station and the Chipman Farm.

The masterplan looks to the future and is designed to reduce traffic on a per household basis. This is done by encouraging “work local” with small office buildings and through design around bus transport, car-pooling and biking or walking to work or shops. In addition, ferry service in the future will provide quick connections to Hobart. It is expected that on a “per resident” basis, this will reduce traffic on the Tasman Bridge and elsewhere.

Following is a selection of slides from the full Mid-Term presentation, also included on this website.

Masterplan 1 shows a large public parkland along the hilltops with trails and multiple greenways “view corridors” from the parkland to the shoreline promenade and town centre.

Masterplan 2 shows the same large parkland skyline reserve with trails but shows rural residential between the 70-meter contour and the hilltop park. Large rural residential lots are not a sustainable use of the land since there are fewer residents contributing to cost and maintenance the infrastructure. Additionally, fewer residents can be accommodated driving those who cannot, further away into new urban sprawl. This also reduces some of the goals of neighborhood development since the small shops, doctors’ offices etc. need the full population of the walkable neighbourhood to be economically viable. 

Masterplan 3 shows diverse and denser development up to the 70-meter contour, and very large private lots from 70 meters up to a limited public reserve along the hilltops with a walking trail. In this plan no additional trails are provided from the hilltops to the waterfront trail or public green corridors in the gullies as they would traverse private property. This Plan preserves the least amount of public open space and may not meet many of the goals of traditional neighborhood development that the other 2 plans aspire to.

If you would like to tour the land and see the spectacular views from the potential hilltop parkland and imagine the walking trails end more, contact David Carr at derwentshores@gmail.com.

Click here to view the full mid-term presentation, materials, and survey.