Dee Why Town Centre
The Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan recommended upgrades to the streets and public open spaces of Dee Why Town Centre in a way that integrates community assets, offers inspiration, promotes health, happiness and well-being of the community and integrates public art elements.
The intention is to build a Town Centre that has a community and a cultural focus. Public art, and features that highlight the area’s diverse community, are recommended to celebrate the spirit of Dee Why. This objective is consistent with Warringah’s Community Strategic Plan.
- Where is the water feature shown on Redman Road in the Masterplan?
Redman Road is an overland floodway during large storms and the concept shown in the Master Plan was not viable or practical. The current proposal has been designed to provide an attractive public space which provides minimum impedance to the overland flows or flooding to adjoining properties.
- Will vehicle access still be available in Redman Road Plaza?
Some vehicle access will still be available to adjoining properties via a vehicle and pedestrian ‘Shared Zone’ for half the length of the proposed plaza. There will be no vehicle parking and vehicle speeds will be restricted to 10kmh within the ‘Shared Zone’.
There will be no vehicle access, other than for maintenance, to the other half of the plaza.
- How much is the redevelopment of Redman Road going to cost?
Based on our current preliminary designs, we expect that the approximate cost for Redman Road will be $1.8 million.
- How will Council pay for the redevelopment?
The upgrade to the public spaces in Dee Why Town Centre, including the new Walter Gors Park and Redman Road Plaza, will be funded from development contributions.
Council has been collecting private developer contributions under the Warringah Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2014.
- What are the changes proposed?
- The Dee Why Town Centre Streetscape upgrades propose new pavements, more trees and plants, new furniture and upgraded drainage and lighting. We will also include functional and interesting public art to reflect our community and the diverse culture of Dee Why.
- Where and when are the changes proposed?
- The Phase 1 Streetscape Upgrades include works to the roads and pavements shown in red in the attached flyer, including Oaks and Howard Avenues.In Pittwater Road, Council will be working closely with the State Government to provide new footpaths and facilities for the B-Line and other bus services. A new link road is also proposed, as part of the redevelopment of Council’s Oaks and Howard Avenue Car Park. The redevelopment of this site is currently on hold.Other Phase 1 upgrade works include construction of the Walter Gors Park, scheduled for completion in early 2017 and Stage 1 of Redman Road Plaza due to start in March 2017. With community support, we propose to implement the Phase 1 streetscape upgrades from late 2017 to 2019.
- What community consultation has previously occurred?
- These plans are a response to extensive community consultation about the Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan 2013, and we’re inviting your feedback on this next stage of the process.Separate community engagement was previously undertaken for Walter Gors Park and Redman Road Plaza.
- Are there any changes proposed to street trees?
- The Phase 1 Streetscape Upgrades propose new trees and garden beds, and will result in approximately 33 more trees than at present.The proposed upgrades will require the removal and replacement of all but a few existing trees, the roots of which have displaced roads and footpaths, and created trip hazards and safety issues in the Town Centre. We understand the importance of trees which is why all new trees will be at least four metres high at planting.We aim to provide a greener and safer Town Centre for future generations.
- What are we doing to address traffic concerns?
- Extensive traffic modelling has recommended the retention of the existing two-way system in lieu of the one-way traffic scheme adopted with the Master Plan.A two-way traffic network was found to offer better accessibility, route choice, reduced travel times, reduced stops and reduced congestion, while both schemes had very similar travel speeds. Modelling has also identified a number of changes to improve traffic conditions which we propose to implement as part of these upgrades.This includes a reduction in the vehicle speed limit from 60 to 40 kilometres per hour to improve pedestrian safety.
- What are we doing to address parking issues?
- The PCYC and Meriton developments will provide a minimum 85% increase in parking for the Town Centre (at least 450 parking spaces).This takes into account a small reduction in street parking to provide pedestrian friendly wider pavements and additional crossings.A further increase in parking will occur as older buildings which do not have on-site parking are redeveloped.
- What are we doing to address pedestrian accessibility?
- Further opportunities for safe pedestrian movement will be created by providing new footpath paving free of trip hazards, additional pedestrian crossings and future connections such as the new Link Road and the arcade through the Meriton development site.
- What are we doing for bikes?
- Bikes will be able to travel safely through new north south connections and bike parking will be provided at key locations.We are proposing to retain on-street parking in the town centre rather than provide segregated on-road bike paths as suggested in the Master Plan and in the Warringah Bike Plan 2010. This is because Oaks and Howard Avenue are too narrow to accommodate segregated bike paths without losing parking on one side of the street.Initial feedback from focus groups has indicated that parking is preferred over segregated bike paths. We are now seeking your feedback as to whether you agree.
- What if I have a business?
- It’s important that you plan ahead and keep your business resilient during construction.For tips and contacts, download our Guide for Businesses.We will be visiting businesses over the next few months to discuss the upcoming works. Alternatively you can book an appointment.
- What if I have a complaint regarding these works?
If you have a complaint regarding these works, please call Council on 9942 2111 or alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a general query, you can complete an enquiry form online.
- How will I be communicated with?
Our Community Liaison Officer sends regular project updates to residents and local businesses who have registered their interest in the Dee Why Town Centre improvements. To register for ongoing updates, contact Jen Moody on 9942 2755 or email email@example.com
- Who will maintain the trees and plants?
The contractor will be responsible for the maintenance of the plants for the first 12 months, following that Councils maintenance team will be responsible for the maintenance of the trees and plants
For more information, visit the Project Page.
- What trees will we be planting at Redman Road Plaza and when will they be planted?
We will be planting the following trees at Redman Road Plaza;
- Cabbage Tree Palms
- Chinese Elm
- Gymea Lily
- Bird of Paradise
- Star Jasmine
- Guinea Flower
The trees will be planted in two planter beds along either side of the plaza.
What size will they be when planted?
The Cabbage Tree Palms will be 6m tall and the Chinese Elms will be 4m tall
- How long will it take to complete the works and what times will they be done?
The works are due to commence March 2017 and be completed in July 2017
Works will be undertaken between the hours of 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday, as well as 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
- Who is doing the works?
Landscape Solutions were the successful tenders appointed to manage and undertake the works.
- What part of Redman Road Plaza will be upgraded first?
Upgrade works for Redman Road Plaza will be completed in 2 stages.
Stage 1 is scheduled for construction in 2017.
*Stage 2 has been scheduled for 2020-2025.
- Where can I find the Redman Road Plaza detailed design plans?
The Redman Road Design Plans can be found here.
You can also view the artist impression here.
- What features does the design include?
Redman Road Plaza features;
- Water feature
- Catenary lighting structure
- Hanging gardens
- Integrated public art elements
- What consultation has been done so far?
In June 2015, we exhibited preliminary design plans for Redman Road Plaza. After receiving positive feedback from the community, the designs were then adopted in August 2015.
We also held three information sessions throughout June and July 2015
- Why are we upgrading Redman Road Plaza?
Northern Beaches Council is improving Dee Why Town Centre through the implementation of Council’s award winning Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan 2013.
As part of the revitalisation, Redman Road Plaza was identified as a key site which could provide the community with a greener, more open space, activating and bringing life to the western side of Pittwater Road.
- How will these works impact me?
There will be temporary diversions to pedestrian access through the plaza, however access will never be fully restricted.
There will be noise at times especially during demolition phases, however all efforts will be made to minimise the impacts of this noise.
- What is happening with this site?
Council has resolved to sell the site for the redevelopment of new mixed-use building. The sale is subject to the provision of public car parking and for Council to retain commercial floor space to lease to the Dee Why Police Local Area Command. In addition, a new road link will be built between Oaks and Howard Avenue to facilitate traffic movement through the Town Centre.
Council has appointed CBRE to manage the sale on its behalf. CBRE will request the proponent to provide feedback subject to three alternatives (39, 139 or 200 public car parking spaces) as part of the sale. The outcome will be reported back to Council to make an informed decision regarding their preferred option.
For further details, read the FAQs below or see Council’s meeting documents from 24 March 2015 and 23 June 2015. For enquiries, contact Council's Property Commercial & Tourist Assets Team on 1300 434 434.
- Why are we selling the Oaks/Howard car park?
The Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan identified this site as having great potential for mixed uses. Any redevelopment would enable retention of public parking at the basement level and allow for significant funds to be re-invested into further improvements to the town centre. All new developments and re-developments in Dee Why are required to provide customer and resident parking on their site, reducing the need for Council to maintain public car parks such as this.
- Why 39, 139 or 200 car parks?
The Council carpark between Oaks and Howard Ave currently contains 215 parking spaces.
Council is obliged to provide at least 39 parking spaces as Council accepted developer contributions for this purpose (S94 Developer Contributions). The option for 139 car parks was recommended to Council as part of our ongoing community consultation, and the option to provide 200 public car spaces is also being explored to determine the financial viability of providing a similar number of spaces as currently exist on the site.
- Did this car park belong to the Church?
In 1967 the Catholic Church sold land to Warringah Council which equates to 13.5% of the current carpark site. The car park was re-classified to Operational land following a public consultation process, which occurred prior to Council’s resolution to sell the site in 2008.
- How long will the current car park be available?
The car park will remain open until the site is sold. Because the sale of this site is subject to a number of strict conditions by Council, it is likely that the sale process could take some time.
- What about the impact on businesses if the car park is sold?
As we improve the town centre there will be disruptions to traffic and parking. Private development will also impact pedestrians and drivers.
Council will try to manage its own works and that of private developers to minimise this impact, however we ask for your patience during this time.We recommend you register your details to receive email alerts of significant upcoming works, changes to traffic and parking and other Dee Why Town Centre improvements, including: the PCYC and car park; Oaks Avenue Drainage Works, Walter Gors Park; Redman Road Plaza; the Oaks/Howard Car Park Sale; St David Pocket Park; Traffic and Streetscape Changes, the Dee Why Town Centre Planning Controls and the Development Contributions Plan as well as private developments such as the Meriton site.