Extra parking bays near Yanchep Lagoon for peak times

The City of Wanneroo is aiming to install some temporary parking bays along Capricorn Esp in time for summer. Picture: Anita McInnes

TEMPORARY parking could be installed on the eastern side of Capricorn Esp north of the Brazier Rd roundabout later this year to help deal with the extra demand for parking in the Yanchep Lagoon area over summer.

On Monday, February 10 City of Wanneroo councillors voted  for an officer’s recommendation endorsing the initial construction of temporary parking bays, with the construction of permanent bays to be considered following the completion of the Yanchep Lagoon infrastructure assessment, which has just started.

A report presented to the council said people were parking along the bend on Brazier Rd and around the Brazier Rd and Capricorn Esp roundabout, which was unsafe and resulted in rangers having to patrol and issue fines.

“The city wishes to, over the short to medium term, landscape unsafe areas to restrict ease of parking and provide better access to the more suitable areas and encourage people away from the unsuitable locations,’’ the report said.

The report said construction of the parking bays was anticipated to be September to November this year.

Included in the report were the advantages and disadvantages of temporary parking estimated to cost about $57,000 and permanent parking estimated to cost about $180,000 to $190,000.

Advantages of the temporary option included the cost effectiveness of using crushed limestone, bay locations were able to be easily moved, it reflected the Yanchep Lagoon master plan’s “touch the ground lightly” approach and the infrastructure assessment once completed could inform requirements.

The disadvantage of a temporary option was additional maintenance would be required.

Permanent parking advantages included that it would be cheaper in the long term, a single stage approach could be followed and it created minimal risk in not being a suitable location for parking.

The disadvantages of a permanent option included a higher initial expense, the infrastructure assessment was not complete and if service upgrades were required horizontal boring was the only option and it was expensive and may not be suitable when limestone geology was involved.

The report was not clear on how many temporary bays would be installed but the permanent option included a proposed concept design for the construction of 21 permanent marked car bays.

The permanent option also included three raised wombat crossings and associated street lighting and a pedestrian pathway directing visitors south toward the Brazier Rd and Capricorn Esp roundabout and to cross the road to the wider dual use path on the western side.

The councillors also voted to note that $12,000 municipal funds from the obsolete PR-2495 Yanchep trails and pathways project would be listed for reallocation during the 2019-20 Mid-Year Budget review process, to cover expenses associated with concept design preparation and regulatory approvals and that funds for construction of the additional parking would be listed for consideration in the 2020-21 capital works budget.

The report said discussions were being undertaken with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to establish what was required if any vegetation clearing, particularly in relation to clearing within the road reserves, was necessary.

“It is understood from previous discussions that any development proceeding the preparation and state approval of a foreshore management plan will require a development application,’’ the report said.

“However, upgrading for temporary purposes and/or public works upgrades (such as parking-road reservation works) in the road reserves are likely to be subject to different requirements.

“The outcomes of these discussions will define the timing for construction of any parking, dual use path and pedestrian crosswalks to have these in place by early summer.