Level Crossing Removal Project – Draft Open Space Priorities Plan

Consultation has concluded

Council has prepared a draft Open Space Priorities Plan that presents a range of options on how to use new open spaces in the City of Kingston created through the Victorian Government's Level Crossing Removal Project.

We're seeking your feedback on how to best use these open spaces, which are located between Centre Road and Wordsworth Avenue in Clayton South.


Background

In February 2016, the Victorian Government committed to the removal of all level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong (CD9) via an elevated rail option. This includes the proposed creation of ‘225,000 square metres – the equivalent of 11 MCGs - of community open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses that will be chosen by locals’, as well as 17km of new pedestrian and cyclist paths to create a continuous link from Caulfield to the Eastlink trail.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is currently looking at opportunities for the design and use of spaces below the new elevated rail bridge.

The opportunity

Council is committed to ensuring our community benefits from these proposed new spaces to the greatest extent possible. The draft Open Space Priorities Plan presents a range of options on how to use the new land, with considerations given to critical connections for pedestrians and cyclists along the length of the rail corridor.

These options include:

  • flexible community space
  • community sports space
  • dog area
  • urban forest.

Let us know your thoughts

Your feedback on the draft plan will help us more effectively lobby to the Victorian Government and LXRA for the effective use of these open spaces.

Complete the short survey below to indicate your views and priorities for these options. Consultation ends on Tuesday 28 February.

We also encourage you to visit the Victorian Government's Your Level Crossings site to complete surveys and contribute your ideas to the project.


Council has prepared a draft Open Space Priorities Plan that presents a range of options on how to use new open spaces in the City of Kingston created through the Victorian Government's Level Crossing Removal Project.

We're seeking your feedback on how to best use these open spaces, which are located between Centre Road and Wordsworth Avenue in Clayton South.


Background

In February 2016, the Victorian Government committed to the removal of all level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong (CD9) via an elevated rail option. This includes the proposed creation of ‘225,000 square metres – the equivalent of 11 MCGs - of community open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses that will be chosen by locals’, as well as 17km of new pedestrian and cyclist paths to create a continuous link from Caulfield to the Eastlink trail.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is currently looking at opportunities for the design and use of spaces below the new elevated rail bridge.

The opportunity

Council is committed to ensuring our community benefits from these proposed new spaces to the greatest extent possible. The draft Open Space Priorities Plan presents a range of options on how to use the new land, with considerations given to critical connections for pedestrians and cyclists along the length of the rail corridor.

These options include:

  • flexible community space
  • community sports space
  • dog area
  • urban forest.

Let us know your thoughts

Your feedback on the draft plan will help us more effectively lobby to the Victorian Government and LXRA for the effective use of these open spaces.

Complete the short survey below to indicate your views and priorities for these options. Consultation ends on Tuesday 28 February.

We also encourage you to visit the Victorian Government's Your Level Crossings site to complete surveys and contribute your ideas to the project.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Will ponds/lakes be built?

    Luke.Russell asked almost 3 years ago

    No plans have been included for ponds or lakes, however we have recommended that the Urban Forest include some water sensitive design treatments to retain stormwater in support of the vegetation.


  • Will a tree line follow the path the entire way? Or will it disappear at designated areas?

    Luke.Russell asked almost 3 years ago

    Council recognises the amenity and shade value of providing trees along the pathways and advocates for this amenity to be provided.  The varying nature of environments within the plan will also influence the location of trees (including in relation to the path).

    We note that the Priorities Plan is focused primarily on the Centre Road Activity Node and advocates for a path to Westall Station, however does not extend beyond these areas.  

  • Will community gardens be included in the plan?

    Luke.Russell asked almost 3 years ago

    The draft plan has not included community gardens.

  • Will all road crossings be marked pedestrian crossings or lights?

    Luke.Russell asked almost 3 years ago

    Pedestrian operated signals are included as part of the Level Crossing Removal Authority's plan for Centre Road. Council is advocating for a marked pedestrian crossing across to the Jackson Green / Cedar Woods development (marked 5 on page 4 of the plan). Elsewhere, Council advocates for safe pedestrian access to and from the existing path network.

  • What width is the shared path planned to be?

    Luke.Russell asked almost 3 years ago

    Council is advocating for a continuous shared path across the corridor of no less than 3 metres with appropriate buffers on either side.