THE City of Cockburn will defer spending more than $1 million to buy the land it needs to widen two roads in Jandakot.
The City wants to see Jandakot Road between Solomon and Fraser roads turned into a four-lane dual carriageway.
Upgrades are also planned for Solomon Road between Cutler and Jandakot roads.
Land will be excised from 20 properties, with an officer’s report estimating the City will pay property owners about $1.2 million to secure what it needs.
A report put to councillors ahead of Thursday’s monthly meeting said talks with most landowners had progressed well, except for a cluster of residents near the intersection of Jandakot and Solomon roads.
Despite a recommendation to push ahead with some land acquisition while the City works through |issues with disgruntled property owners, councillors backed colleague Lee-Anne Smith’s alternative, calling on the City to wait until a noise impact study has been completed and presented to all those affected by the proposal.
She said the reason for her recommendation was that councillors could not have given due consideration to the item without the study.
While two reports to councillors have suggested talks between the City and property owners were going well, deputations from landowners in February suggested residents had |received little consultation and information from the City and were being presented ridiculously low offers for their land.
A representative for local landowners also questioned why the road was needed, calling for traffic calming measures along Jandakot Road and for Armadale Road to be improved to handle more vehicles.
Jandakot Road is currently a 5km single carriageway connecting Berrigan Drive in the west to Warton Road in the east.