What's planned for Orchardtown Road?
We are improving safety and the look and feel of Blackbutt Village, Orchardtown Road, New Lambton as part of our Local Centres program.
A Public Domain Plan addressing road and footpath layout, lighting and landscaping has been developed to resolve issues and guide our works. The area being investigated can be seen in the Orchardtown Road scope.
Key features include:
- A new 40km/hr zone to improve safety.
- An off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path.
- A new pedestrian crossing and footpath connections to Blackbutt Reserve and Richley Reserve.
- Wider footpaths and new plazas to improve outdoor dining and promote activation of the centre.
- Renewal of drainage, kerb, gutter, road, footpaths, lighting and street furniture.
- Tree planting and landscaping.
We have developed a flythrough view of the proposed upgrades. The planting shown is indicative only - trees and planting choices will be finalised in the detailed design process, with input from the community.
Following the public exhibition, we finalised the Public Domain Plan in line with community submissions. The final Public Domain Plan was adopted by the elected Council on 22 September 2020. There will be further engagement with targeted stakeholders through a Placemaking process, including gathering feedback on options for public open spaces and timed parking in the area. This feedback will inform the detailed design process which is underway, with construction scheduled to commence in the 2021/22 financial year.
The Public Domain Planning Process Flow Chart (pdf) outlines the process in more detail.
We ran an online survey in December 2017 to gain feedback from the community about issues related to the public domain and priorities for improvements. In June 2019 we undertook place experience (PX) surveys with 50 community members to gather further community input. You can view the results in the PX2 Assessment.
The information provided by the community was used with data gathered from a site analysis to inform the draft Blackbutt Village, Orchardtown Road Public Domain and Traffic Plan which was on public exhibition for community comment from 2 March 2020 until 23 April 2020. A community workshop scheduled for 28 March 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and instead a visioning survey was undertaken online with community members who had signed up for the workshop.
The exhibition results have been analysed and are available in the following reports: