Walkleys Road Corridor FAQ
Why this site?
Walkleys Road Corridor was set aside in case a future road was needed. As a road is now not required, Council has identified the site for future housing and open space.
Why not leave it as it is?
We acknowledge that the site provides an attractive outlook for many local residents, however the Corridor has very limited facilities, equipment or infrastructure on it, reflecting its original purpose as a road reserve.
When developed for housing the financial return will be retained by Council and used to invest in more community services and facilities such as the Baloo Street Play Space. This builds on Council’s capacity to deliver community needs and limit the extent of rate increases that would otherwise be required.
What is a concept plan, and why are you doing one?
A ‘concept plan’ is a drawn plan that outlines what a development might look like – it shows allotment boundaries, roads and reserves / parks. It also shows where houses or other types of development will be located. It also takes into account the features and constraints of the site.
A concept plan illustrates how we might develop a site so that we can get the community’s views on it. It will help us to undertake more detailed planning on what the development will cost and the benefits it will create for the existing residents and future community. This might include connection to services, housing choice and high-quality design of homes and public spaces (including parks).
I thought this was reserved for a future road – is this still happening?
When Walkleys Road was first planned back in the late 1960s to early 70s, it was intended that this site would one day become an arterial road from Walkleys Road to Port Wakefield Road. Sufficient land was reserved for new road infrastructure. However, plans changed and a portion of the land fronting Bridge Road was developed as a retirement village (off of Bridge Road on Burri Street). This means that the unmade portion of the road between Montague Road and Bridge Road is no longer needed for road connection.
What sort of houses will you put on this site?
A range of housing and lot sizes will be available in the new development including traditional lot sizes, townhouses, smaller lot sizes and areas identified for ‘super lots’ which are larger lots created for further subdivision in collaboration with a builder partner.
Having a variety of housing types provides future residents with greater choice. All housing will be guided by the State’s Planning and Design Code that applies throughout Greater Adelaide as well as design guidelines developed by Council to ensure quality design outcomes.
How many houses will there be?
The number of houses proposed in the development is around 220 including some townhouses which will be located adjacent open space with resident and visitor car spaces provided.
Will there still be open space/parks that I can use?
Yes. Usable, attractive open space and parks that meet the needs of the local and broader community will be part of this development. The intent is to provide high quality, developed reserves for residents to use, rather than the current road reserve which is expansive and largely lacking in facilities.
Community consultation is now open for the proposed new district level play space at Baloo Reserve. Council is seeking feedback from the community to inform the design of the play space. You can have your say here.
What public facilities will be included in the new play space?
The district level play space at Baloo Reserve will include facilities such as public toilets and parking spaces as well as irrigated areas for the local community to enjoy.
Is the development of the reserve definitely going to happen?
There are still several processes to go through before the project can proceed. This includes a formal road closure and community land revocation process. Once this has happened planning approval will also need to be sought.
When will construction start?
If the project is given planning approval, Council is required to undertake detailed design and other planning and land division approvals prior to any construction commencing. This is expected to take at least 18 months.
To learn more about the project phases, read the Program FAQs.
What are the next phases?
Community land revocation is the next phase of the project and will be undertaken in mid 2023. Council will also undertake further community engagement during this phase. The outcome of this phase will be taken to a Council meeting for a decision on whether or not to proceed to the next phase. If Council decides to proceed, the project will go to the Planning/Land Division Statutory Approvals phase.
To learn more about the project phases, read the Program FAQs.
How can I find out about the community consultation?
You can find information on the project and how to have your say in the following ways:
- This webpage which is regularly updated
- Information brochure and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Signs on the reserve
- Postcard flyer letterbox dropped to residents near the reserve
- Community engagement drop in sessions
Two stages of engagement have already been undertaken for this project.
In the first stage, we asked you:
- What is it that you value about this site? Why?
- What local issues and impacts do we need to be aware of if the site was to be developed for housing with some community facilities/shops/offices? How could we address these issues?
- What local opportunities might come about if the site was to be developed for housing with some shops/offices?
- What are the broader community opportunities that might come about from this development?
Stage 1 engagement closed on 23 November 2020.
The feedback received through Stage 1 community engagement helped to shape the draft concept plan.
In the second stage, we asked you:
- What do you think of the draft concept plan?
- Has it addressed your concerns, issues or ideas – how could it do this better?
- What are the benefits of the draft concept plan to you/your community?
Stage 2 community engagement closed on 5 May 2021.
The feedback received through Stage 2 community engagement helped to shape the draft concept plan.
What if I have questions about the final concept plan?
If you have any questions, you can:
- call us on 8406 8222
- contact us via email
What are you consulting on during Stage 3?
In Stage 3 we sought input from the community on the design of a new district level play space at Baloo Reserve.
The summary report is currently being compiled and will be made available online in the near future.
What will you do with my feedback?
Your feedback will be reported to Council and will be used to inform the design of the play space. We will get back to you with a summary of what feedback we received during the consultation.
Where can I get more information?
All updates will be provided here on Council’s website to access by your smartphone or computer. If you don’t have easy internet access you can request for this information to be posted to you via email or call 8406 8222.
I have more questions, who can I contact?
Please contact Council’s dedicated engagement team for this project via email or call 8406 8222.