Two-year hold on road facelift

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

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”.

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Plans to up­grade Rock­ing­ham Road are on hold.

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