Lismore traffic flow given priority


TRAFFIC flow has been identified as a key priority for Lismore City Council to ensure successful growth of the city, says Lindsay Walker.

The executive director development and governance for the council, said traffic flow, however, was just one of a number of issues addressed in a draft regional city plan approved by council this month to achieve that goal.

Mr Walker said the draft plan, which aimed to promote Lismore's role as a regional centre, identified roadworks and open space requirements needed to service that development.

It also identified land in Lismore that in the longer term had the potential for residential, industrial and commercial development.

"This is a structure plan that puts in place those elements which are important to the sustainability and growth of the city under specific reference areas ? being the CBD, north, south and east Lismore, the northern ridges and east Goonellabah," he said.

"It is a long-term plan (20 years or more) and is the basis for considering other growth strategies."

Mr Walker said under each of the specific referance areas, a number of action points were identified.

"For example, in the CBD one issue is traffic," he said.

He said the plan included the need for a pedestrian bridge over the Wilsons River, linking the CBD to the railway station. It also looked at the impact the proposed cultural precinct would have on CBD traffic flows.

Mr Walker said the draft plan would incorporate issues raised from five submissions received after a three-month public exhibition period.

"We responded to those submissions and will amend the plan to reflect these," he said. "It will be a base document for us. It has run the rigour of public and council scrutiny and says these are the things that are important to Lismore and nearby areas."

The submissions came from Lismore Unlimited, Summerland Greens, the Public Transport Policy Advisory Group, Northern Rivers Trains for the Future and the North Lismore Progress Association.

Lismore Unlimited suggested the plan should make reference to the 'laneways revitalisation project'.

Summerland Greens noted the plan did not identify areas of significant vegetation or habitat within the city, and the public transport policy advisory group was disappointed there was little recognition of public transport. The transport group also claimed industrial development should be encouraged along the rail corridor in the event the rail line to Casino is reopened.

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