TRANSFORMING the Coffs Harbour Jetty Strip into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and welcoming gateway to the harbour and marina precinct of the city is the aim of a plan to upgrade this popular dining and entertainment destination.
Public input into the draft Coffs Jetty Strip Streetscape Plan is being sought from tomorrow until June 30. A video fly-through and relevant information on the proposal can be found at haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/draft-coffs-jetty-strip-streetscape-plan where people can also provide their comments and ideas.
"The Jetty Strip has been a very popular place to dine and meet up for locals and visitors for many years," Coffs Harbour City Council's section leader Local Planning, Sharon Smith, said.
"This section of Harbour Dr provides an important traffic route and parking area, but increasing traffic volumes over time have eroded the enjoyment of dining and using the area.
"We're seeking to help balance vehicle, pedestrian and parking needs by creating a more pleasant environment along the lines of the very successful First Ave in Sawtell.
"New developments relating to large land parcels along the northern side of the Strip - and the State Government's plans for the harbour area - have now provided the impetus to re-imagine the Jetty Strip streetscape for what it could be - a vibrant and well connected public place."
The area covered by the plan stretches along Harbour Dr from Edinburgh St to Orlando St and then north to Collingwood St.
Lengthy discussions have already been had with key stakeholders in the Jetty Strip streetscape, including landholders and businesses. The design ideas that have emerged include:
- the realignment of key foot and vehicle intersections to create more direct connections with the harbour area;
- wider tree-lined footpaths on both sides of the street strengthening pedestrian connections to the Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour High School, the Jetty Theatre and links towards the city centre;
- creating a three-metre wide, tree-lined median strip down the middle that halves pedestrian crossing distances and makes the negotiation of traffic safer;
- activating the northern side with landscaping and shared, accessible pathways; and
- traffic calming measures, new outdoor dining areas, a plaza area, new tree planting, pavements and street furniture.
"Parking is also an important consideration and the plan includes changes to parking that will actually increase the available spaces in the immediate area through creating extra central parking bays in the wide part of Collingwood St where it meets Orlando St and areas around the Jetty Shopping Village," Ms Smith said.
For more information on the draft plan, or to provide your ideas and comments, go to haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/draft-coffs-jetty-strip-streetscape-plan.