North Beach: Stirling councillors support planned upgrades to Flora Terrace


Doug Harman on Flora Terrace in North Beach.
Doug Harman on Flora Terrace in North Beach.

STIRLING councillors have supported plans for upgrades to Flora Terrace in North Beach to address parking concerns.

A parking and urban design study commissioned by the City of Stirling recommended options of a short term upgrade and long term redevelopment of the area, the latter of which would require a feasibility study.

Councillors endorsed the study at the November meeting, requesting between $150,000 and $200,000 be considered in the 2018-19 budget for the short term upgrades.

These comprised wider footpaths, trees, improved pedestrian connections, speed limit reduction, timed parking restrictions and additional on-street parking bays.

Trigg, North Beach and Waterman’s Bay Association president Doug Harman welcomed the endorsement of the study and was hopeful of funds being included in the budget.

“The study was initiated by local residents who were alarmed with the sudden approval of high rise buildings at 95 and 99 Flora Terrace,” he said.

“There was inadequate consideration giving to the impact on the local area and its residents.

“Chronic parking issues and loss of residential amenity added to the ad hoc nature of the approvals.

“We wanted a strategic approach to the area’s development with the recognition of the views of the locals.”

Council also supported rezoning three lots on the street to allow for a greater variety of land uses including shops, a small bar, short stay accommodation and mixed use development.

This will enable long term redevelopment to create a “main street” environment such as a public plaza, pedestrian connection from Flora Terrace to Apex Park and new shops and community facility.

The short term upgrades are expected to occur in the next one to two years and the feasibility study for long term solutions will be investigated at the same time.

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