Woolies faces traf­fic grid­lock

Melville Times - - News - Josh Zim­mer­man

LIN­GER­ING con­cerns about traf­fic loom as the big­gest ob­sta­cle for the pro­posed Mt Pleas­ant Wool­worths devel­op­ment, which will be de­cided by a joint devel­op­ment as­sess­ment panel (JDAP) on March 27.

City of Melville plan­ning of­fi­cers are work­ing with Wool­worths to dis­cuss im­prove­ments to Reynolds Road that will al­le­vi­ate some of the traf­fic im­pacts, af­ter a Main Roads WA let­ter high­lighted the likely de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of con­di­tions on the lo­cal road net­work sur­round­ing the devel­op­ment.

The let­ter states that dur­ing the evening peak pe­riod, Reynolds Road north­bound could ex­pect ad­di­tional 10minute de­lays and queues stretch­ing a fur­ther 200m from the Can­ning High­way in­ter­sec­tion.

The ad­di­tion of a ded­i­cated right turn­ing pocket on Reynolds Road south­bound, to be paid for by the de­vel­oper, has re­ceived the most con­sid­er­a­tion, although con­crete plans are yet to be sub­mit­ted.

A turn­ing pocket would re­quire widen­ing of the ex­ist­ing road and recla­ma­tion of part of the verge.

City plan­ning of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended JDAP ap­proves the $23.5 mil­lion, 5000sqm devel­op­ment.

At a spe­cial meet­ing of the coun­cil held to dis­cuss the project on Tues­day, coun­cil­lors ap­peared un­con­vinced.

Wool­worths rep­re­sen­ta­tives faced ques­tions, pri­mar­ily re­lated to the po­ten­tial traf­fic im­pli­ca­tions for Reynolds Road, which would be the only ac­cess to the shop­ping cen­tre.

Adding to coun­cil­lors’ un­cer­tainty was the ab­sence of a num­ber of at­tach­ments listed on the Re­spon­si­ble Author­ity Re­port (RAR) pre­pared by the City’s plan­ning of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­cant’s traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment and a peer re­view of that doc­u­ment com­mis­sioned by the City of Melville and car­ried out by Cardno.

Asked why the at­tach­ments were not pro­vided, City of Melville chief ex­ec­u­tive Shayne Sil­cox said the RAR pro­vided a sum­mary of the tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion con­ducted by City of­fi­cers and in­cluded fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­quested from Wool­worths.

“This cou­pled with the pre­sen­ta­tion pro­vided at the meet­ing it­self was con­sid­ered to be sat­is­fac­tory in the cir­cum­stances,” he said.

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