NEW parking bays are part of upgrades approved for Oceanside Promenade in Mullaloo.
The works between Warren Way and West View Boulevard include on-street parking bays along the western verge, a flush red asphalt median and new pedestrian crossings and pathways.
A City of Joondalup report said the project was to “limit informal parking during summer peak periods, control traffic movements and improve pedestrian road safety”.
Dowsing Group was awarded the tender for $776,000 at last month’s council meeting, having shown pervious experience in similar projects and having the personnel and equipment to complete the works by June 24.
Though another company had proposed to complete the works for $728,000, the council report said it did not have the same experience, particularly in a “high traffic volume area requiring complex traffic management”.
Public consultation was held for three weeks, with information sent to 277 residents within 200m of the site.
The City received 59 responses, of which 71 per cent supported the works.
Six respondents raised concerns about the inclusion of trees in the landscaping along the western verge of the road.
At a council briefing, infrastructure services director Nico Claassen said the main concerns were views being obstructed, which was raised by property owners on the other side of the road, and seeds potentially shedding into the coastal foreshore reserve, which was raised by members of the local Friends Group.
As a result, City officers recommended the landscaping not include any new trees.
But at the meeting Cr Nige Jones moved an alternative recommendation to keep trees in the landscaping design in line with the City’s carpark policy and Leafy City program.
Cr John Chester said it was not the City’s intention to affect ocean views.
“But in this instance I think it would be very irresponsible not to provide some sort of shading for these bays when they’re used over the summer months,” he said.
“The suggested trees are fairly low profile weeping peppermints, which have minimal impact on views.”
Mayor Troy Pickard also moved an amendment to Cr Jones’s recommendation to authorise City officers to make minor changes to the landscaping design to “maximise parking and shade along the western verge of Oceanside Promenade”.
He said the proposed landscaping had a large number of trees planted in the verge leading up to and out of the roundabouts and they did not provide any shade for vehicles.
He said re-working the landscaping design could achieve an extra seven car bays.