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ERA, in conjunction with Playstreet and Knight Frank, was engaged by the Derwent Valley Council to prepare a structure plan for New Norfolk that would provide direction for future land use and development of the township over the next 15-20 years.

Land use and development in New Norfolk had been occurring without any long-term strategic plan. It was the last settlement in Southern Tasmania without a settlement boundary and specific planning objectives.

A key objective of the project was therefore to provide clarity to the community and investors about the long-term vision for the town, key opportunities, and the town’s role in the context of the Southern Tasmanian region.

The process involved a detailed review of relevant strategic documents, designing and implementing a stakeholder and community consultation program, and working with property economists and urban designers.

Specific outcomes of the structure plan included:

  • an overall vision for the town based on key directions
  • the development of clear objectives for the zoning of the town, including the identification of residential, commercial and industrial areas
  • the identification of key economic development opportunities in the town, including key underutilised sites such as Willow Court
  • the identification of a settlement boundary, having regard to the main land connections and values
  • details of improvements to pedestrian and visual connections through the town.

We acknowledge and respect Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners of Lutruwita (Tasmania).

They are the original custodians of our land and waters. We respect their unique ability to care for country and deep spiritual connection to it.

We honour Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom has and will ensure the continuation of culture and traditional practices.