Walkleys Road Corridor FAQ
Why this site?
This site was never developed for housing as it was set aside in case a future road was needed through here. This is not going to occur, so Council can investigate other uses for the land and open space next to it.
Why not leave it as it is?
We acknowledge that the site provides an attractive outlook for many local residents, but that the space isn’t highly usable as it has very limited facilities, equipment or infrastructure on it, reflecting its original purpose as a road reserve.
If developed for housing the financial return will be retained by Council and used to invest in more community services and facilities. 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 roughly maps out what a development might look like on the site – it shows where allotment boundaries, roads and reserves / parks would fit. It might even show where houses or other types of development could be located. Our designers put together a concept plan based on understanding the features and constraints of the site.
Consulting the community during this phase is an important way that we can understand these things – like how people move around and through the site, and what people value about it.
A concept plan helps us to understand how we could develop the site so that we can get the community’s views on it. If Council decide to progress, it helps us to undertake more detailed planning on what the development would cost and benefits this would create for the existing local community and a 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?
This hasn’t been decided yet – we still need to do the planning to figure this out. We expect it will be a mix of one and two storey free standing (detached) homes, semi-detached homes (joining one wall) and townhouses. Types of houses will be guided by the existing Development Plan and the new State Planning and Design Code that applies within the local area.
How many houses will there be?
This hasn’t been decided yet – we still need to do the planning to figure this out. It is important that the site is well integrated with the local area, and that we can incorporate the best quality design of homes and public spaces (including parks) and providing housing choice.
What type of non-residential use may be considered?
The area adjacent to Montague Road may potentially be considered for other non-residential uses (for example some community facilities, small-scale shops and offices). When non-residential land uses are considered as part of a residential development it is usually intended to be the kinds of shops/services that local residents would like to use. They are usually smaller businesses that have low impact on people living there.
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 community would be part of this development, and we would like to hear what you would like to see in any future development of the site. The intent is to provide high quality, developed reserves servicing existing and new residents, whereas the current road reserve is expansive and largely undeveloped.
Is the development of the reserve definitely going to happen?
No, this hasn’t been confirmed to go ahead yet – that will only happen following community engagement and other planning processes. All feedback received will be provided to Council to make a decision at a Council meeting on whether to proceed with the project to the next phase of investigations.
When will construction start?
These projects take several years to go through the planning and consultation processes, and there are several points along the way that Council will make a decision at a Council meeting whether to keep going or to not proceed with the development.
To learn more about the project phases, read the Program FAQs.
What are the next phases?
Concept planning (this current project phase) is very early in the process. Following this phase, the concept plan along with the outcomes of the community engagement will be taken to a Council meeting for a decision on whether or not to continue to investigate this site for potential future development. If Council decides to proceed, the project will go to the next phase. If Council decides not to proceed, no further investigations or community engagement will occur. The community will be informed as to Council’s decision.
To learn more about the project phases, read the Program FAQs.
How can I find out about the community consultation?
We will provide you with information on the project and how to have your say in the following ways:
- This webpage will be regularly updated
- Information brochure and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Signs on the reserve
- Postcard flyer letterbox dropped to residents near the reserve
- Council social media channels (Facebook and Twitter)
Two stages of engagement were undertaken for this phase of the 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.
Stage 2 community engagement closed on 5 May 2021. 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?
Your feedback is now being considered in finalising the concept plan and will be reported to Council. This will help them to make a decision at a Council meeting on whether to proceed with the next stage of the project or what changes they might require.
A summary of the feedback received during Stage 2 is being prepared.
What if I don’t agree with the proposal?
If you don’t like what is proposed, you will have this opportunity to let us know this. All feedback received will be provided to Council to make a decision at a Council meeting on whether to proceed with the project following the stage two engagement on the concept plan.
What will you do with my feedback?
Your feedback will be reported to Council to let them know all the issues and opportunities raised by the community and other stakeholders. This will help them to make a decision at a Council meeting on whether to proceed with the project or what changes they might make to better meet the needs of the local community and park users.
We will get back to you with a summary on what feedback we received during the consultation and what decision Council made. As part of this we will outline the next steps and how you can participate in any future community engagement. We are committed to keeping you accurately and regularly informed.
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 1300 539 552.
I have more questions, who can I contact?
Please contact Council’s dedicated engagement team for this project via email or call 1300 539 552.