Shortland Local Centre

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Background

At the elected Council’s meeting of 27 November 2018 Councillors resolved to have a public domain plan prepared for Shortland Local Centre under the Local Centres Public Domain Infrastructure Renewal Program.

Improvements will include aspects of the public domain such as traffic and pedestrian safety, footpaths, lighting, trees and street furniture.

In April 2019 City of Newcastle officers met with the owners of businesses in Shortland Local Centre to discuss their issues. As part of the planning process we reached out to the broader community for their input via a community survey which was open from 15 June to 29 June 2020. To find out more about this consultation, please visit our Have Your Say page.

The results of the community survey indicate that traffic safety and crossing Sandgate Road safely is a major issue. In response to the community’s concerns we have developed a Draft Shortland Public Domain and Traffic Plan which includes a 40km/hr High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA) on Sandgate Road between the 7-Eleven service station and the Hunter Valley Private Hospital.

Have Your Say

The Draft Shortland Public Domain and Traffic Plan was on public exhibition from 22 February to 21 March 2021. To view the plan and find out more please visit our Have Your Say page.

Next Steps

We have reviewed community submissions and the results have informed the finalisation of the PDP.

In response to community feedback the proposed pedestrian refuge has been moved southward from outside the 7/11 to outside 281 Sandgate Road and the proposed kerb extension outside 309 Sandgate Road has been omitted.

The final PDP and a proposed Light Traffic Thoroughfare (LTT) will go to Newcastle City Traffic Committee (NCTC) on 19 April 2021 for determination of in principle support. If the PDP receives in-principle support it will proceed to the elected Council on 25 May 2021 for determination of approval.

It is anticipated that footpath upgrades will commence this financial year and the community will be updated prior to the start of construction.

For an understanding of the overall project process view the Shortland Local Centre Public Domain Planning Process Flow Chart (pdf).