Woolies faces traffic gridlock
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.