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HCC debate building heights again

Hobart Waterfront

The Hobart City Council has rejected a 30 metre high apartment development.

The $36 million Macquarie Street Apartments featured 40 units, a first-floor childcare centre and a 45 space carpark basement, but it was rejected due to the building being “completely inappropriate” for the site.

Consideration of the development turned into a three-hour debate about building heights, with Councillor Bill Harvey moving to adopt a building height limit for Hobart, but the motion was lost in a 6-all vote.

Alderman have expressed their dismay at the debate.

“That we are discussing this same issue for the 4th time after having made a clear decision on this issue reeks of sleazy politics. How many times will this issue be voted on by Council before elected members accept the decision?” Alderman Simon Behrakis said in a statement.

In other news, the Council's General Manager Nick Heath has announced he is stepping down in April next year. He says it's the right time to leave the organisation. He has been GM since 2008.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds thanked Mr Heath for his considerable contribution to the community over many years.

“On behalf of the Council, I thank Nick for his commitment to working in the best interest of, and providing for, the community, and congratulate him on his outstanding career serving the city of Hobart during the past 30 years."