The ACT Government is moving ahead with providing an access road to DOMA Group’s Yarralumla Brickworks residential development, with Transport Canberra and City Services lodging a development application.
TCCS is planning a new 130-metre access road from a new roundabout on Dudley Street, near the Cotter Road lights, to provide an entry to the proposed Canberra Brickworks Precinct development site.
The project will also include formalising the crossing of the recreational Uriarra Track, off-road shared paths, a median, shared trench for service utilities, streetlights, signage and landscaping.
Dudley Street also needs upgrading but that work comes under the National Capital Authority, which is assessing a separate Works Approval application submitted in February. Consultation closed in April.
The entire project is estimated to cost $7.7 million, with the portion on national land amounting to $5.3 million and the ACT section, the subject of this DA, $2.4 million. It will take 12 months to complete.
The new road is part of the sale and development deal with DOMA, which in 2017 won the right to develop the 16-hectare site and plans to build about 380 dwellings and repurpose the historic brickworks.
About nine protected trees will make way for the road and the area is home to a critically endangered species; the golden sun moth, and a threatened ecological community; natural temperate grassland, but the project does not require an Environmental Impact Statement after Environment Minister Mick Gentleman, who is also the Planning and Land Management Minister, granted an exemption in April.
The traffic report says Dudley Street, as a major collector road, will need to be widened to 10 metres and have kerbing, as well as bus stops, cycle lanes and paths.
It already carries 8100 vehicles per day, according to a 2017 study, and the new estate is likely to generate 3000 additional vehicles per day when fully developed.
About 80 per cent of this new traffic or 2400 vehicles per day would access the estate via Dudley Street, Cotter Road or Novar Street. Even more traffic is expected from further development and growth in Yarralumla, Deakin and Molonglo.
A pine log fence is proposed to stop cars crossing the verge to access the Yarralumla Uniting Church from Dudley Street.
The traffic report says Dudley Street would remain open to traffic at all times with lane switchovers and diversions in place as part of a Construction Traffic Management Plan, that will also ensure Cotter Road is not disrupted by nearby works.
The project involves a number of shared paths including one 2.5 metres wide on the eastern side of the new access road to the roundabout and continuing along the northern verge of Dudley Street connecting to the shared path at Novar Street.
A 1.5-metre-wide shared path on the western verge of the access road would continue past the roundabout on the southern verge of Dudley Street to the bus stop, connecting with the existing on-road cycle lanes on Cotter Road.
An off-road shared path along Denman Street is to be provided as part of the Canberra Brickworks Precinct development works, connecting with the off-road system in Kintore Crescent.
The Uriarra Track crossing has been moved closer to the Canberra Brickworks Precinct development and would include a pedestrian refuge.