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No parking loss
The Concept Plan for this first stage (1A and 1B) of works on Stuart Street currently maintains no net parking loss. This means that when car spaces are changed or removed to fit landscaping, additional car spaces are gained through formalisation and line-marking of spaces in other locations.
New footpaths will be built (on both sides of the street) from the Whian and Stuart Streets intersection to Fern Street. We will also be looking at putting in refuges to help pedestrians safely across Fern Street. The refuges are being designed as part of a separate project for Fern Street.
A new 30km/h zone – safer for bikes and pedestrians
A new feature of the revised concept plan is a designated 30km/h zone or ‘high pedestrian activity area’ in the Mullumbimby Town Centre, in line with the objectives of the Talking Streets Project. The new speed zone will extend for approximately 50 to 100 metres on either side of the intersection with Burringbar Street. Signage and landscaping will define the new speed zone, with landscaping on the northern side (near the Mullumbimby Health Centre) to come at a future stage, subject to design and funding.
A designated and line-marked on-road cycleway
There will be a new line-marked on-road cycleway along Stuart Street from Fern Street up to CBD ‘transition zone’ – where cyclists will move from a 50km/h zone to a 30km/h high pedestrian activity area as they arrive in the Town Centre.
Community feedback identified a preference for an off-road cycleway. While this will not be possible in stage 1 works due to budget constraints, it is still considered an option at a later stage. New line marking and lower speeds will help to improve safety for cyclists.
Optional loading zone/s
While our revised Concept Plan maintains no net parking loss for Stuart Street, members of the business community have told us they would like to see loading zones considered. There are currently no loading zones in the centre of town and this is something Council will be taking into consideration now and in the future. There is currently one loading zone in Mullumbimby and it is located on Station Street near the Council building.
One possible central CBD location for a loading zone, that can be used by all businesses (it is not specifically attached to one business) is near the Burringbar and Stuart Street corner, next to Santos Organics. It has been marked on the Concept Plan as an option – with a dotted line - and we are seeking your feedback about this. The space for a loading zone would also include installation of bike racks. Introduction of this loading zone would result in the loss of eight car spaces.
Minor drainage upgrades are being completed as part of Stage 1a works in early June through the installation of a new stormwater pipe across Stuart Street to fix a blockage caused by large fig tree roots.
We are also currently designing full scale and necessary drainage upgrades for Stuart Street. These works will be undertaken as a future stage when funding is sourced.
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The following is a summary of community feedback received in relation to the Draft Concept Plan for the Stuart Street Green Spine in January and February 2021.
Your Say Byron Shire Online Survey
The following is a summary of responses received via the Your Say Byron Shire online survey.
Bike Path Design Option – Location Preference
- Option 1: On-road bike path – 9 respondents (10%)
- Option 2: Off-road bike path – 62 respondents (70%)
- I don’t want a cycleway/bike path – 11 respondents (13%)
- No response – 4 respondents (5%)
- Don’t mind either way – 2 respondents (2%)
Green Spine Tree Species Option – Preference
- Option 1 – Flindersia schottiana (Bumpy Ash) and Harpullia pendula (Tulipwood) - 5 respondents (7%)
- Option 2 – Waterhousia floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly) and Grevillea baileyana (White Oak) – 26 respondents (36%)
- Option 3 – Brachychiton discolor (Lacebark) and Lophostemon confertus (Brush Box)– 12 respondents (17%)
- 24 respondents (33%)
- None – 5 respondents (7%).
Green Spine Project Prioritisation
The community were given six options below and asked to prioritise the most important to least important. The list below show the order of priority of the six options. 1 = most important, 6 = least important.
- I would like to see a footpath delivered that connects the length of the street.
- I would like to see Stuart Street become a green spine with lots of new planting and landscaping.
- I would like to see the bike path delivered, on both sides of the street – whether on-road or off-road.
- I value high quality finishes such as an aggregate paving material and prefer less is done but to a higher standard.
- I value a good finish but would like to see more delivered, I care about upgrading the road pavement for Stuart Street and increasing car parking availability, and I would like to see minimal “greening” of the street.
- As long as it provides a good long-term solution, I don’t care about the finish. I care about getting as much infrastructure and amenities for the allocated budget.
Your say submissions were received from the following postcodes:
- 2482 (Mullumbimby & surrounds) – 69 respondents (78%)
- 2483 (Brunswick Heads & surrounds) – 9 respondents (10%)
- 2481 (Byron Bay & surrounds) – 6 respondents (7%)
- 2479 (Bangalow & surrounds) – 2 respondents (2%)
- 2480 (Bentley & surrounds) – 2 respondents (2%)
- 2478 (Ballina) – 1 respondent (1%).
Here is a summary of comments taken from the online feedback and community submissions:
- Making cycling safer will encourage more people to cycle and less people to drive.
- This is an ambitious project that will transform Mullumbimby. The sooner it is carried out the better, however traffic and parking in Stuart Street should not be impeded.
- Greening the streetscapes is vital to community well-being, providing shade and cooling.
- Fabulous to see plans to both beautify the street and improve functionality.
- Management of the project by Council has been poor, which has engendered community distrust, thereby putting the whole project in jeopardy.
- The belated consultation process is welcome, however by virtue of poor quality visual communication and a misleading website survey has created confusion – and some anger – within the community.
- Perhaps use this first stage to focus on road surface improvements and street trees, followed by a new urban design process led by Council’s place planning team rather than by Council’s infrastructure team. Why is this urban design project being run by Council’s infrastructure services team? The design should be informed by infrastructure requirements, not led by them.
- The ‘Green Spine’ is an admirable project for Mullum, and should tell and ecological and cultural story of ‘place’.
Consultation activities also included:
- An online webinar.
- Pop-up information session in Stuart Street.
- Door knocks of the local area and businesses.
- Consultation with local businesses.