Concerns about parking and traffic flows have cast a shadow over the proposed new service station in Weston.
Despite playing a key role in lobbying for the badly needed new service station, the Weston Creek Community Council says it is unable to support the current Development Application in its present form.
In its submission to the public consultation, the Council expressed concern at there being two fast food outlets on the site instead of the one in the original proposal and that the Traffic Impact Assessment was nearly three years old.
“This change raises several questions related to both the increased traffic flow in and out of the site and in relation to parking, the required number of car parking spaces and traffic flow within and outside the site,’’ it said.
“In recent years Weston Creek residents have experienced the consequences of poor traffic flows and management relating to the only district service station in Brierley Street. Residents do not wish to experience similar issues with this new facility in Kirkpatrick Street.’’
The current proposal includes plans for a Caltex service station and shop, and the two food outlets – McDonald’s and Oporto.
The submission said that the Traffic Assessment was dated, given the considerable population changes in the ongoing developments in Wright/Coombs and Denman Prospect.
It was no longer relevant regarding the number of parking spaces required because of the change in the size of the proposal.
“ A traffic flow for 90 parked vehicles would likely have a major impact on traffic flows within the site and more importantly through the Cotter Road intersection,’’ it said.
“Further there is no analysis of expected changes to traffic flows in the future as more development occurs in Molonglo.”
The Park and Ride facility now in operation near the Defence facility also needed to be taken into account.
The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate said there had been 10 responses to the DA during the public consultation period, which ended on July 4.
It said the DA was still being assessed.
Current work on the site was approved under the estate development plan and includes earthworks, two verge crossings, and upgrades to Kirkpatrick Street.
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