Two-year hold on road facelift
A CONCEPT plan for changes along Rockingham Road will not be adopted for at least two years.
The City of Cockburn spent much of 2016 producing an activity centre plan (ACP) and investigating how it could make the Phoenix Shopping Centre precinct more pedestrian friendly.
Proposals include reducing Rockingham Road to one lane each way between Phoenix Road and Coleville Crescent, reducing the speed limit to 50km/h between those two points and installing new entry points into the shopping precinct.
Although councillors supported the plan, they backed an alternative recommendation from Cr Lyndsey Sweetman that the City defer adopting it for at least two years.
Cr Sweetman said the 24month delay would allow road changes to be made in conjunction with the redevelopment of the shopping centre, or for the City to push ahead independently should there not be any change after that time.
“Allowing a two-year period before reconsideration of this item rather than an open window recognises that a coordinated approach is optimal and will allow ample time for Phoenix Shopping Centre to progress development of its master plan (and provide) an indication of the form that redevelopment will take,” she said.
“It also acknowledges that the Rockingham Road upgrades are vital not only for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers but also integral to attracting commercial opportunities that will benefit the growing community.”
Cockburn planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said the deferral meant the council would not perform any upgrades to Rockingham Road, except maintenance, during the two years.
In December, representatives for centre owners Rockworth Capital Partners said they were working on a master plan that could take up to two years to finalise.
At the time, a spokesman said the master plan and the $7 million redevelopment of the former Centrelink site was proof Rockworth was serious about delivering “a great outcome for Spearwood”.
Plans to upgrade Rockingham Road are on hold.