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Shetland Heights and Potters Hill Roads, San Remo

Frequently Asked Questions

Roads

When will the roads be sealed?

The main approach used to have urban roads sealed is Council’s adopted Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy 2019. The Policy is Council’s plan to upgrade all urban streets and drainage in Bass Coast to a properly constructed state. Areas for upgrade, including Shetland Heights Road, are listed in the program in priority order on the Council website under the Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Evaluation List.

The Policy allows for residents to request listed areas for upgrade to be brought forward in the program. Residents can approach Council to consider an upgrade for their area outside that program, if they can demonstrate that 70 per cent of property owners in the area are willing to contribute to the upgrade through a Special Charge Scheme. Council would also contribute at a calculated ratio to reflect the broader community benefit.

Is there a process for fast tracking?

In 2019 residents petitioned Council to bring Shetland Heights Road forward in the program to commence a Special Charge Scheme. There is now an opportunity to commence a Special Charge Scheme that is funded by a joint contribution from Council and local residents adjacent to Shetland Heights Road. A formal Special Charge Scheme is administered under the Local Government Act and a road and drainage upgrade project will take at least four years to deliver, in line with the legislative process.

An informal Scheme could be administered outside of the Act. This could be delivered much faster as it does not follow a legislative process but would require all residents adjacent to the planned road upgrade to contribute under agreement.

A range of payment options are available to residents who are included in either a formal or informal road upgrade scheme.

Have previous developments in the area contributed to the sealing of the roads?

Council previously sought contributions for the sealing of Shetland Heights Road through the Golf Club Resort development in the early 2000s. Due to issues with insolvency these contributions were never received in full. Council is currently seeking developer funding through the subdivision of Bass Resort and will similarly seek funding through any new substantial development in the area.

Funding secured through a planning permit must be proportional to the development delivered and would remove the need for the affected land to be included in any future Special Charge Scheme for the area as an equivalent contribution will have already been made.

Will the new school be required to seal the roads?

Ordinarily, local roads such as Shetland Heights Road and Potters Hill Road are the responsibility of Council to upgrade and manage. In some instances, developer funding can be collected for the supply of new infrastructure required to meet the future needs of a community. This funding is typically secured via the conditions of a planning permit issued for a land use and/or development under the Planning Scheme.

As the Planning Scheme is not binding on the Minister for Education or their relevant portfolio, a planning permit will not be required for the development of the school. This eliminates the requirement for the school to fund the sealing of the roads. Funding can, however, be made voluntarily, and the Victorian School Building Authority have committed to funding an upgrade to part of Potters Hill Road in order to ensure there is an appropriate vehicular route to the school site.

The Victorian School Building Authority have not yet committed funding to upgrade Shetland Heights Road as it is anticipated that Potters Hill Road will be the primary access route to the school site.

Can Council limit access to Shetland Heights Road from Potters Hill Road?

The Victorian School Building Authority have advised traffic management measures will be established to prevent traffic leaving the school site from using Shetland Heights Road as a thoroughfare.

Will the intersection of Potters Hill Road and Phillip Island Road be upgraded as part of the school development?

The Victorian School Building Authority have advised that no upgrades will be constructed or are required for the intersection of Potters Hill Road and Phillip Island Road from the future Junior Secondary School.

What is Council doing to advocate for the sealing of Shetland Heights Road and Potters Hill Road?

Council has consistently requested that the Victorian School Building Authority seal both Shetland Heights Road and Potters Hill Road. As a result of these requests, the Victorian School Building Authority have committed to sealing part of Potters Hill Road to ensure there is an appropriate vehicular route to the school site.

Council is commissioning an independent Traffic Impact Assessment to accurately determine the effect of the new School. The assessment is intended to clarify future demand on Shetland Heights Road and other streets in the School’s local catchment area. Based on the outcome of this assessment Council intends to continue its advocacy for Shetland Heights Road to be sealed or to implement other recommendations of the assessment.

Why are there no footpaths along Potters Hill Road and Shetland Heights Road?

Council is committed to improving the path network within Bass Coast. We do acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to do. There are areas in Bass Coast that were developed many years ago when the standard of the day did not require the developers to include footpaths (and other infrastructure such as sealed roads and piped drainage) in the new subdivisions. This is not the case now with new urban subdivisions.

Currently, there is over 400 kilometres of foot and bike path construction works identified as highly desirable across Bass Coast, with only limited funds to build them. All foot and bike path requests are evaluated and prioritised using criteria which consider safety, site factors, environment, user profile, and funding.

When will we have a footpath?

The Island View Estate is an example of Council’s commitment to the footpath network within the Shire and the importance of providing residents and visitors with an alternate mode of transport. Footpath construction on the part of Potters Hill Road adjacent to Island View Estate has taken place with developer funding.

Council has consistently requested (since 2018) that the Victorian School Building Authority provide footpaths on both Shetland Heights Road and Potters Hill Road. As a result of these requests, the Victorian School Building Authority have committed to providing a footpath connection on Potters Hill Road linking the school to the Island View Estate, and the Phillip Island Road shared path beyond.

The footpath gap on Shetland Heights Road between Back Beach Road and Potters Hill road is a high priority and is expected to be delivered in combination with developer contributions and Council’s footpath gaps program. Subject to budget adoption a permanent footpath from Back Beach Road to Penniwells Drive (east), is in the draft program for delivery in 2022. Until a road upgrade can occur, a temporary footpath is planned on Shetland Heights road to connect to Potters Hill Road.

Speed

Who authorises speed limit changes? What has been done about speeding in the past and what further action can be taken?

Department of Transport (DoT), previously VicRoads, determines all requests for speed limit changes in Victoria. Council must make a request for DoT to assess and approve or deny the speed limit request. Council submitted several requests to VicRoads for speed reduction.

Council received the formal approval from VicRoads and changed the speed limit from 80kph to 60kph in September 2016. All the speed limit signs have been installed and it is currently a 60kph zone along Shetland Heights Road.

Council is currently progressing another review of the regulatory speed limit on Shetland Heights Road in collaboration with DoT. Such speed limit reviews can take up to two years. In the interim Council has installed frequently repeated ‘slow down, speed means dust’ signage on Shetland Heights Road.

What can be done about speeding?

Police enforcement is the most effective way to resolve any hooning or speeding issues. Please report reckless driving directly to the police for their consideration of increasing enforcement in the area.

Dust

What is Council doing about the dust?

Historically Council trialled numerous dust suppression treatments across the shire, which proved to be costly, unfair and unsustainable. ‘Less Speed, Less Dust’ signage has been trialled on some through roads in Bass Coast including Potters Hill Road and Shetland Heights Road to increase motorist’s awareness of the surrounding residents and environment.

Council has installed more ‘slow down, speed means dust’ signage on Shetland Heights Road.

Council’s Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy provides the framework to permanently resolve issues, such as dust, that arise from the unsealed road network (refer to Roads response for more detail).

For clarification on any of the above information please contact Council’s Asset Management team on Ph. 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 03 5671 2211 or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au