To support the transition of the eastern side of the city centre into a thriving residential neighbourhood, public space amenity requires a significant upgrade to be more community-friendly and less car-centric. Planning of the streets upgrade should be undertaken in tandem with the Eastern Neighbourhood Framework Plan, aligned with the Integrated Transport Plan and be physically rolled out in line with private investment.
As a neighbourhood street, the eastern section of Devon Street between Gover and Elliot streets needs to support the concentration of living opportunities. This section will need to be pedestrian and family-friendly with slow vehicle speeds, high pedestrian permeability, safe active modes, and welcoming spaces that support living at density. Retail and business offerings will adapt over time to fill the gaps of what is required to sustain people living in immediate proximity such as medical centres, grocers, childcare, pharmacies and the like.
Parking and carriageway arrangements will be required to widen the southern footpath as much as possible to make way for active edges, low planting and canopy trees providing shade and amenity. The street should have raised thresholds and multiple crossing points along its length. Furniture and spaces along the street should encourage family and group seating to promote community-oriented interaction and events.
The density proposed in the Eastern Neighbourhood will require the provision of a quality open green space network. Within this network a neighbourhood park of significance should be provided that adjoins Devon Street East. The green space would enable family and community interaction, events, space for passive recreation and play.
With a bus terminal shifted to Gill Street it will need to cater to higher pedestrian footfall.
To achieve this, parking will need to be rearranged and pedestrian pathways upgraded to be safe, accessible and wide enough to support high pedestrian numbers. The street environment around the bus interchange must be of high quality to seamlessly integrate the public transport system into the city centre and encourage public transport use. This level of quality should extend in the streetscape for the eastern section of Gill St to support residential development.
Planning of the street upgrade should be undertaken in tandem with the Eastern Neighbourhood Framework Plan and the Integrated Transport Plan. Trialling of the bus interchange can occur immediately.
As a clear connection to the Coastal Walkway from the Eastern Neighbourhood, Gover Street needs to enable clear and enjoyable movement for pedestrians and families on bikes. This will require footpath widening, canopy trees, safe crossing over side roads, traffic calming measures and legible and clear wayfinding that responds to sightlines to the coast through the Coastal Precinct (current Bunnings site).
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