Category Archives: Local Traffic

Discussions about the flow, frequency and path of local traffic.

High rise to replace our leafy streets?

As many people were unaware of the previously scheduled opportunity to speak with the Consultants and to view the plans that detail the effect of the possible changes to the West Leederville – Wembley Local Planning Strategy and Strategic Community Plan, Council has scheduled an addition consultation day this Saturday at the Coles Shopping Centre on Cambridge Street.    The WLRA has arranged a residents meeting on the Sunday at 2.30 pm at the Leederville Town Hall just in front of the bowling Club.  Your local Councillors will be in attendance to answer any general questions you may have.

Why your attendance is important:  The likely changes to our neighbourhood may include 4-10 storey apartment and commercial development in quiet residential streets of West Leederville as far north as Ruislip St

Town of Cambridge has proposed 3 scenarios for planning change. All 3 plans significantly increase density across residential West Leederville.

All this while little/no increased density for City Beach and Floreat.

If you care about West Leederville, PLEASE urgently complete Council survey at http://yoursay.cambridge.wa.gov.au/cambridge2027  Deadline is 7 April 2017.

 

ð  Say all 3 scenarios are NOT ACCEPTABLE.

ð  West Leederville has already seen its recent fair share of density increases.

ð  West Leederville school and other amenities cannot accommodate further population increases

You can also voice your concerns by attending the Residents Information session  meeting on the 2nd of April or let us know your thoughts through the WLRA website wlra.org.au or contact your local Councillor to ensure your opinions count.

 

Don’t let our historic suburb become the
high density scapegoat for rest of Cambridge

Spring Newsletter

West Leederville Residents Association recently put out an email asking our members if they had any issues that they would like us to take up with Council. The Following is in response to the issues raised. I directed your comments to the CEO of the Town of Cambridge Jason Buckley Cambridge Street Road Works were raised by a number of residents.

 

Resident

I am extremely unhappy with the road redevelopment. As a rate payer I would like the Association to ask the Town of Cambridge what was the original project timeframe and more importantly the original project budget and what the current project expenditure is?

 

Resident

As a ratepayer for a project which adds nothing to me as a resident of West Leederville of 23 years and now has project budget over runs I would like an explanation.

 

Response

The West Leederville Streetscape project was established to create a lively, pedestrian friendly, ‘high street style’ precinct along Cambridge Street, while retaining it as a traffic route.  This project dates back to 2010 when Council adopted the West Leederville Planning and Urban Design Study, which suggested this area be “developed as a high quality, highly activated, retail and commercial ‘spine’ for the revitalised West Leederville town centre”.

Concept plans for the project were subject to extensive community consultation in September 2012, to gauge community support for the overall concept and specific elements of the design. Over 200 submissions were received, with 71% of respondents supporting the overall concept.

The recently completed work involved:

  • reducing the number of lanes to one in each direction;
  • installing new medians;
  • creating on-street parking bays;
  • resurfacing the road;
  • widening pedestrian footpaths;
  • upgrading landscaping and paving;
  • installing new street furniture; and
  • installing new street lighting.

 

The original timeframe for the project was for completion by June 2014 but has been pushed back due to:

  • Revised program of works to reduce the impact on West Leederville businesses;
  • Wet weather;
  • Problems with old underground water and gas services.

The main works are now complete.

The total project value is $2.476m and will be completed within budget.

 

Resident

In addition to this the proposed project to add another 30+ residences to Northwood St between Railway Pde and Cambridge is completely irresponsible in terms of traffic and services that cannot cope now.

 

Response

The Town assesses all multi-residential and commercial development applications and this assessment includes the impacts of traffic.  The Northwood Street development is currently before the Development Assessment Panel, and traffic and parking issues are being considered.

The Town has more plans to increase development in this area, which are detailed in the West Leederville Planning and Urban Design Study, adopted by Council in 2010. The complete Study can be viewed online at www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/WLPUDS

It is believed Northwood Street will cope with any additional traffic generated from the proposed development. In the State’s Road Hierarchy, Northwood Street is listed as a ‘local access road’, which can operate up to 3000 vehicles per day. When traffic volumes were last measured in 2009, Northwood Street was accommodating 1606 vehicles per day. To further assist the control of traffic in the area traffic control measures, restricting turning movements, are in place at the Cambridge/Northwood intersection.

Resident

For the first time in a while I took a walk around Lake Monger this morning and was utterly dismayed at what the City has done. Cambridge Street has been bad enough but the removal of all trees on the western shore is appalling.

 

Response

Ecological restoration work has recently been carried out on the western side of Lake Monger to:

  • restore ecological communities that provide fauna habitats for breeding, feeding and nesting;
  • improve water quality; and
  • protect and enhance the natural beauty and historical value of Lake Monger.

 

Part of the program involved removal of all non-native tree species. Before any work started, all trees in the area were assessed to identify the local native trees species, which were retained.

Some 10,000 native plants have now been planted, with the help of local community groups, which will improve the health of the lake and provide a home to the local bird populations.

Of note is that a similar rehabilitation program was undertaken on the east side of the lake in the late 1990s, including removal of all non-native species and planting of native wetland plant species.  The area is now completely rehabilitated with no visual evidence of the works.  However, the ecological benefit of this work is very evident with the creation of appropriate, sustainable habitats for the local fauna and, from nutrient stripping ponds and vegetation channels built as part of this program, a much improved quality of water entering the lake.

1990 Monger

1997 – Lake Monger east side (looking north towards footbridge)

Rejuvenated Monger

2014 – Lake Monger east side (looking north towards footbridge)

 

Resident

The choice of trees for Kimberley Street.

 

Response

The tree recommended for Kimberley, as listed in the Town’s Treescape Plan, is the Coral tree. This tree was selected as it is well suited to the local soil conditions and is drought tolerant.  There are a number of well‑established Coral trees already growing in Kimberley Street.  When the new Coral trees mature they will create an avenue affect, adding to the character to the street.

Coral trees 

Coral trees lining Joseph Street, West Leederville

 

Resident

Rubbish bin charges…

 

Response 

The Town’s standard waste service costs $100 per year and comprises a 120L general waste bin and 240L recycling bin. For no additional charge residents can elect to replace their 240L recycling bin with a 360L recycling bin or have a second 240L recycling bin. For an annual fee of $70 a 240L green waste bin can be added to the service.

 

The West Leederville Residents Association will shortly be holding its AGM, if you are interested in being a member please contact us either by email or the website www.wlra.org.au/

 Normally we would not run to so many pages in our newsletter but on this occasion I thought it was important to give you all of the information that we received. 

Best Wishes

Anne Lake

President.

 

Next phase of Cambridge Street

cambridge_high_streetThe Town of Cambridge has sent us this snippet of Christmas cheer, and you do have an opportunity to comment – see below…

The current works phase on Cambridge Street is due for completion no later than next Monday 16 Dec. At that time, all barriers and fences will be removed and Cambridge St will revert to its normal road layout until we start Phase 2A in the New Year.

There will be some barriers needed in the median to separate east and west bound vehicles during this break on works.

The next phase of works, Phase 2A is proposed to commence on Monday 6 January 2014.

As part of phase 2A of the Cambridge Street road works project, the Town proposes to modify the vehicle access along Cambridge Street between St Leonard’s Avenue and Debnam Lane and adjoining side streets.

The current two eastbound lanes of Cambridge Street along that stretch will not be available to traffic. The two westbound lanes are proposed to be temporarily converted to a two way arrangement. The eastbound lanes will revert to being available to eastbound traffic as a single lane following completion of phase 2A roadworks.

Blencowe Street and Northwood Street access, to and from Cambridge Street, is proposed to be temporarily closed during phase 2A works.

Comments are invited on the proposed modifications and can be lodged via email at mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au or in writing to “Cambridge Street Works” Town of Cambridge PO box 15 Floreat 6014 by Tuesday 31 December 2013.

Cambridge Street Works – updated

The Town of Cambridge is keen to support the local industry while the road works are in progress. For more information, see this Cambridge News_Special Edition_D6 for information on where to park, how to cross the road and other helpful tips. Please do continue to support our local shops, who are struggling to cope with the disturbance as much as we are.

 

overall design

For information about the current plan for Cambridge St road closures, see this PDF –

Phase 2B updated

The Town says that in order to provide for disruption over a shorter period that the current stage is Stage 2 B and not Stage 2 A which will commence later.  The project manager said that this state is expected to be completed towards the end of November barring unforeseen circumstance and at that time Kimberly Street will be re-opened.  To see all anticipated completion dates please click on the following link to the Town’s website.     http://www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/Council/Major_Projects/Cambridge_Street_-_High_Street_precinct

All the staging plans and additional information are there.

 

 

Open letter from Alexey Kotovski

Hi Sue

We were the selling agents for the property at 110 Cambridge Street.

As you are no doubt aware, the property has been (effectively) vacant for around 15 years and a complete eyesore.

There were numerous schemes submitted… none really worked as there were many objections and (far too) many people had an “opinion” on the best redevelopment option – whilst at the same time, none of these people came forward and offered to purchase the property.

Fortunately, sanity prevailed and the project will now proceed and initiate what will hopefully be the (reasonable) upgrading of the heart of West Leederville.

It would be appropriate to remind some of the “objectors” that we are all custodians (only) of our respective abodes and our responsibility is to assist current- and future custodians – to enjoy affordable and conveniently located dwellings.

Hopefully, at some stage objectors will recognise that, if there were similar minded protagonists thwarting the planning processes of yesteryear (when West Leederville was utilised as broad acre dairy farming etc ), most present day West Leederville residents on their 4-800M2 allottments would not be enjoying the capital growth plus above described benefits.
PLUS catching the 6am train or driving 1/12 hours each way to work from an outer suburb….

Please note Regents Commercial has no financial interest or benefit in the subject project, only a custodial and community minded interest in encouraging affordable accommodation in OUR society.

Feel free to ring me if any matter requires clarification.

Kind Regards,

Alexey Kotovski

West Leederville Town Centre

The Town of Cambridge would like some feedback on the proposed branding for the new landscape and streetscape works for Cambridge St that were approved by Community Resources Committee.
The maps, plans and street art can be viewed here.

They are looking at the branding for this area – the designers have suggested the West Leederville Centre.  Evidently this will be voted on Tuesday and adopted by Council and they will be proceeding with ordering bins, seats etc with the branding.

Please send in your comments and suggestions – I’m sure we can think of something less clinical than “West Leederville Centre” can’t we?

Transperth buses on Ruislip St

Transperth is planning some changes to routes affecting West Leederville – and they are inviting responses UNTIL Friday November 16, 2012.

Proposed Service Changes: Routes 81, 84, 91, 92, 381 and 401

For more information, you can check out their website.

They invite feedback using their form.

Please do check out the proposals, and consider how it may impact on you and your neighbours. If you wish to enter into any discussion, you are welcome to use the Comment facility on this page, or email us.

West Leederville Walk

The recent public outcry regarding the proposed plans for the old Damar site showed that West Leederville cares about it’s surrounds and it’s public spaces.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
— Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’
Jane’s Walk Vision:   Walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, cities planned for and by people.
 
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours…. Jane’s Walk helps make cities and streets safe for all users. We encourage people to get out and walk not just for recreation, but for basic tasks of daily life, shopping, schools and work. Walking not only improves health, it increases social cohesion and connection.

 

Please join us for a leisurely stroll around our suburb to chat about what it means to you, how you might like to improve or preserve it, as well as meeting your neighbours and getting to know each other a little better.

Families are welcome.

If you are worried that you can’t manage the hill, or the distance (just over 3 km), please let me know, and perhaps can assist you with a wheelchair. My kids have been walking this distance since they were 4 years old. We don’t expect to be walking fast.

We plan to meet at the foot of the Leederville Train Station overpass on Southport Street, and finish at the cafe-deli which was once Charlie’s Corner.

Here are some of the kinds of things we might be talking about – feel free to come prepared with your own stories and ideas:

1. What are some important meeting spaces in your neighbourhood?
2. What spaces are you most proud of in your neighbourhood?
3. What are some important green-spaces?
4. What are some interesting short-cuts you take?
5. Are shops and amenities accessible?
6. Is it easy or possible to walk, bike, use transit or drive a car?
7. Do any buildings have unusual marks or features?
8. Are there any old buildings that have been reconfigured into different uses?
9. Where do you feel most comfortable?
10. Are there any important historical spaces in your neighbourhood?
11. Where do you not feel safe? Why?
12. What is a space that you really dislike?
13. Are there any places that mix retail, business and residential? (mixed use)
14. How do the buildings ‘interact’ with pedestrians at the street level?
15. Are there spaces you would like to see change?
16. Is there an important question or issue that people should talk about?

 

While you don’t have to RSVP to come, we would love to have some idea of numbers – if you “Leave a Reply” it will be emailed to us. Only those replies which are clearly intended for publication will be published, but all will be noted.

 

Damar Building Special Meeting

Special Meeting of  West Leederville Residents Association

Monday, 16 January 2012,  7:30 pm at St Barnabas Church Hall

Minutes 

    1. Apologies  Peg Davies, Liz Constable, Tracey Johnston
    2. Present: Greg Toy, Col Ryan, Shani Mulheron, Michael Green, George Crisp, Sue Taylor, Carolyn Bendall, Felicity Simpson, Michael Simpson, Mary Ryan, Jeff Hart, Bruce Henderson, Troy Santen, Chris Porter, Jenni Ibrahim, Tom Minto, Violet Dhu, Peter Dhu, Catherine Bourke, Jack Bourke, Kim Judge, Lesley and David Letham, Amanda Faragher, Lou Pontarolo, Veronica Chambers, Melita Brown, S & P Karta, Anthea Robertson, Barbara Jones, Louis Carr, Corinne MacRae, Anne Lake, Alan Langer, Caroline Crisp, Jo Mcallister, Antje Holderbach, Martyn Shirley, Greg Sawyer, Ruth Dogoroki, Rita Bagini, Cheryl & Roger Hughes, Brendon Flaherty, John Townsend, Simon & Mandy Daddo, Melanie Hay, Kate & Hamish Nelson, Keith & Sue Edwards, Manus & Bernadette McCann, Noell & Henry Stawarz, Robert Love, Geoff Palfreyman. 60 were present.
    3. Minutes of previous meeting were not tabled.
    4. Fiona introduced the subject of the meeting, which is the recent application for planning approval at 110 Cambridge Street (on the corner with Kimberley Street, and the site of the old Demar building). She spoke to the timeline which has evolved regarding the application, which has seemed to pop up out of the blue for most residents.
      1. Links to the proposal will be posted in these minutes.
      2. The DAP (Development Assessment Panel) process has newly been introduced by the State Government to make approvals processes uniform across the state, and takes it away from the Local Councils. The Council has no power to stop this.
        1. Simon Withers and Corrine McRae and Alan Langer are on the DAP committee, as well as professionals and state representatives. The Council still assesses the project and it’s impact on the local community and presents it to the committee, but an outsider’s impression is that DAPs are weighted towards Developers.
    5. George noted the short time frame for submissions. Our first priority is to raise awareness. The site is the old Demar site, and the proposal is for 7 stories, 23 metres tall (twice the height of the Coles supermarket across the road). The ground floor will be retail, and the remainder will be residential with below ground parking (118 car bays). There will be a 3 metre setback from Cambridge St, but zero setback from Kimberly St. The L shape of the building gives the apartments a view across Kimberly St and Lesser St homes. The pictures of the proposal are at the Town of Cambridge, and can be viewed during office hours, Monday to Friday but can’t be published online or sent by email, as they are copyright.
      1. This is a much bigger building than had been endorsed in the Urban Design Study 2009 which was approved by the residents and Council. The height will increase transmission of noise from the apartments. The high density residential will put more pressure on our green spaces and on traffic flow, particularly in that junction which is already a hot spot for traffic interactions. The traffic study estimates that only 5% will travel up Kimberley St, which seems surprisingly low. Informal estimates suggest that it might be more like 50%, in which case it would exceed local traffic recommendations.
      2. The concern that this might set a precedent for the area was raised, and the impact that this would have on the nature and feel of the suburb.
      3. Stephan Roderich responded that our own Traffic Engineers have assessed the impact, but the report has not yet been submitted.
      4. The proposal requires the use of a car stacker, but the plans don’t include any contingency for peak times or breakdowns. The traffic study is available for review.
      5. Will the car stacker be noisy? They will have to provide an acoustic report.
      6. Troy Santen has reviewed the traffic study, which does not allow for the car stacker. He noted that Kimberley St is currently at 93% of recommended saturation, and the development will bring it up to precisely 100%. Apparently all the traffic will choose to go via Southport. If they don’t, the Kimberley Street traffic will go to 136%, which is not tenable. The Kimberley St/Lake Monger Drive intersection is already a gazetted Black Spot. Currently Kimberley Street is rated F (on a scale of A (best) to F). The report will give the Council some ammunition to reject the application.
      7. These images were created by one of our members after viewing the plans in the Council chambers. They are indicative of size only.
    6. Fiona reported that there would be 92 apartments, and 118 car bays. Some are concerned that this is not enough parking for visitors etc.
      1. The Urban Design Study recommends building heights of two storeys only in that area.
      2. The shadow of the building will fall on the Cambridge St “High Street” area and reduce it’s attractiveness to pedestrians.
    7. Shani asked whether this might be just an ambit claim, as it is so far outside any Urban Design and existing plans.  Stephan responded that it would be based on financial viability of developing that land. Col feels that they are putting an application for seven storeys with a view to increasing to nine storeys when successful.
      1. Greg Sawyer has worked as a developer and council planner, and he reported that it would be a usual plan to put up the higher number as the first claim.
    8. We do not yet know whether the developer has purchased the land yet. We acknowledge that the site has been difficult to sell, and that development is required.
    9. Jenni placed the development into a larger context. Town of Cambridge (and all councils) have been told they much put in higher density residential, particularly along lines of public transport. Perhaps having the new residents in one high density complex will help to protect our own land.
    10. However, it must be in keeping with local community, and of an appropriate scale. Michael Green agreed in principle, but reported on a recent drive around the other local suburbs, revealing that other Town Councils are largely using three storey blocks to keep it in scale. 7 storeys is completely unreasonable.
      1. Felicity appreciates the need for density, but remarked on the incredibly ugly building – like an old British Council Flat, or Live Sheep Transport Ship! The surrounding area could be heritage listed.
    11. Apparently there isn’t currently a restriction on height – just a recommendation. However, the plot ratio requirement is in force. The plot ratio is 1.1:1, but this could go up to 2.5:1.  The site is about 1900m2, so floor area can be two and a half times more than that. It doesn’t give us a lot of protection.
      1. While the Urban D
        esign Report is in draft, it isn’t enforced.
      2. Greg Toy asked if we can protest to the DAP directly. Fiona responded that we can make a submission formally at the 15th March.
      3. Zrea McRae (a Town Planner) expanded on DAPs: The DAP is obliged to take note of TOC existing policies, and draft policies which are well on their way to being finalised are taken into account as well. Although we have less influence than if it were going before Council, we can be assured that the TOC guidelines will be considered.
    12. The plans are not accurate in terms of existing surrounding structures. Trees are shown where existing buildings sit, making the area look more spacious than it can be.
    13. Cheryl Hughes raised the question of traffic – the impact will be on all West Leedervillestreets, not only Kimberley Street. The other concern is that the development is too big: where will their children play? Where will their children go to school? There is not enough room at the primary school for our existing residents.
    14. Alan Langer spoke to his own opinion that this building is inappropriate.
    15. The Town of Cambridge committee meeting on 21st February will consider it.

    16. Action Plan

    1. Save our Subiaco has some experience in dealing with DAPs – links to their resources are here.
    2. We need to use The Post, West Australian, TV news, facebook.
    3. Shop front petition signatures: 10968206_1 WL petition one page.
    4. Sample letter to Liz Constable, MLCs, Town of Cambridge.
    5. F
      orm an Action Group.
    6. Those who are happy to do some door knocking, distribution of pamphlets, petition signing are invited to use these resources. Please inform us if you have canvassed a street already so that we do not double up. So far, Lesser St, Glen St, Kimberley St have been done/allocated.