Woodville Road Revitalisation
To assist with the revitalisation of Woodville Road and Environs three surveys will be undertaken:
- Residents – within 1 km of Woodville Road conducted by Action Market Research
- Workers Council, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Adelaide Medical Solutions staff – conducted by Council using electronic survey software
- St Clair Community Reference Group – conducted by Council using electronic survey software.
The survey will be conducted in June 2013 and will ask questions on two precincts:
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) / Port Road Gateway
The area around the Port Road / Woodville Road intersection and linking to the TQEH
Retail and Civic Heart
This precinct extends from the Port Road / Woodville Road intersection to the Woodville train station.
For additional information on the Survey or Business Association please contact Chris Hannaford on 8408 1826 or email email@example.com
In September 2010 Council endorsed the Woodville Village Master Plan and Implementation Strategy which provided the framework for the revitalisation of the Woodville District Centre (Refer CL 13/9/10 item 6.94) The Master Plan envisaged an area framed by a mixture of mostly medium to higher density housing, offices, shops, health and education facilities, with expansive green open parkland and at its heart a bustling train station, community plazas, civic facilities, cafes and shops.
Development Plan Amendment (DPA)
Working from endorsed Woodville Village Masterplan, in September 2010 Council commenced a Development Plan Amendment (DPA) to consider the recommendations contained within the Woodville Village Master Plan and to ensure the Development Plan policy provides flexibility and opportunity for the vision of the Masterplan to be realised.
A Statement of Intent was prepared and endorsed by Council in the resolution in September 2010, to facilitate the DPA process. Investigations have been undertaken to analyse the existing policy and determine elements to be amended to achieve the overall objectives and vision of the Woodville Village Master Plan.
The focus of the policy has been around the formulation of Desired Character Statements for the medical precinct and civic heart on Woodville Road. The Desired Character Statements are important policy setting development assessment instruments that assist the vision of the Woodville Road Master Plan be achieved. Specific investigation to inform the desired character statements and proposed principles and objectives within the Zone have focused on, among other matters, land use, height and scale, building envelopes, density, car parking and public notification categories.
A workshop was held with Councils Strategic Development Committee on 17 June 2013 (SD 17/06/13 Item 3.37) to consider the investigations to date and the draft policy moving forward. A Community Engagement Approach was considered and endorsed at this meeting.
Stage 1 Consultation (Early investigations and Planning) - This involved preliminary discussions with the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, The Woodville Road Traders Group and commercial property owners. A workshop with the Strategic Development Committee Was also held.
Stage 2 Cousultation (Early consultation to draft policy and define parameters) - Property owners and occupiers adjacent to the existing District Centre Zone boundary will be individually contacted and invited to contact Council's Senior Policy Planner to discuss concerns. This period will run from 1 July 2013 until 19 July 2013.
Three seperate workshops will also be held during July and August 2013 with residential stakeholders, local businesses and developers and investors.
Following consultation, Council's Strategic Development Committee will consider the feedback received in the context of a draft policy document. Once the draft policy is finalised and endorsed by DPTI an eight week statutory consultation period will commence.
For further information on the DPA, contact Ms Kelly Mader, Senior Policy Planner on 8408 1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodville Village Master Plan will guide the future vision and development of Woodville Road and connecting areas. Council voted and endorsed the plans which were the result of significant and detailed consultations by Council.
The Master Plan, which incorporates the area between Torrens and Port Roads, seeks to revitalise Woodville Road with improved services and facilities for the community.
Key features of the Master Plan
The future development of a community plaza at the Council car park site next to the Woodville railway station
Traffic provisions to minimise traffic and increase safety for residents through working with Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure to reduce vehicle speed along Woodville Road to 50km/hr to improve safety
Further investigation of one lane each direction along Woodville Road
Investigation to upgrade of St Clair Recreation Centre
Continued focus on flooding/ stormwater management and infrastructure
Efficient car parking solutions
Art and cultural opportunities
A conceptual framework for housing and open space adjacent to the Woodville Train Station
Green corridors of trees and open space visible from Woodville road and the retention of healthy trees of significance.
The development of the LMC land, which includes significant green public open space frontage on Woodville Road
Green corridors of trees and open space visible from the road and the retention of most healthy trees of significance
Housing and a public plaza adjacent to the Woodville Train station for the community
Why is revitalising Woodville Road important?
As Council prepared the Community Plan in 2007, the community indicated that the City of Charles had no particular 'heart'. As Woodville is located in the geographic centre of the Council area and is the home to the Civic Centre and Council Chambers, Woodville is seen as an opportunity to create a heart for Charles Sturt.
Woodville Road is currently slow, old and tired. It presents a great opportunity to breathe new life into Woodville to create a great place for locals to enjoy, more people to live and visitors to visit.
The State Government's 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide identifies Woodville as a good location for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and for significant State Government investment in upgrading the railway line. This transport focus will help to create a busy place that is convenient to travel to and from.
How will traffic issues be addressed?
One of the most significant and consistently raised issues by the community has been concern about traffic congestion on Woodville Road. Implementation of the Master Plan will include an investigation into ensuring Woodville Road is safe for pedestrians and drivers alike. It will also include an exploration of traffic flow to minimise congestion along the road.
The following initiatives will be actively pursued:
- Work with Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure to reduce vehicle speed along Woodville Road to 50km/hr
- Work with Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure to reduce the length of time the railway crossing boom gates are down
- Manage clear ways and no parking zones along Woodville Road
- Further investigation of one lane each direction along Woodville Road (see below for why this is important)
What are the advantages of reducing Woodville Road to one lane in each direction?
- It will allow for footpaths to be widened, making it more pleasant for pedestrians, the mobility impaired, and creating opportunities for outdoor dining and trading
- To create on-road cycle lanes
- To create median right turn lanes, to avoid queuing behind turning vehicles
- To create more space for landscaping and street trees
- To slow traffic, making it more pleasant for pedestrians
What does housing density mean?
Housing density is a term used to describe how many homes are located within an area. For example, many suburbs around Woodville would be described as low density - with one or two storey homes on medium to large blocks, well spaced out. Medium density could mean two to four storey homes closer together on smaller blocks - for example townhouses with small courtyards. High density is usually apartments and is often more storeys.
Increased housing density is encouraged in Woodville Village to help bring more people to the area - making it more vibrant and safe during the day and night. It is also appropriate to have increased densities in Woodville Village because of the access to services (public transport, shops, etc).
How was the community consulted?
Each stage of the Woodville Village Master Plan project involved a lot of community consultation.
- Stage one - involved a community visioning workshop
- Stage two - the community were invited to attend during key stages of a six-day design charrette, a community open day was also held
- Stage three - community open day and month long consultation period on the draft master plan
Newsletters were also sent out to approximately 2000 residents within and near the study area at key stages of the project to provide updates, raise awareness and encourage participation.