Footpath policy updated after Warrnambool CBD works

NOW COMPLETE: Bluestone pavers by Port Fairy's Bamstone being laid along Liebig Street by Jorge Gardner from Kings Landscaping as part of the Warrnambool CBD renewal stage one works last year.  Picture: Amy Paton
NOW COMPLETE: Bluestone pavers by Port Fairy's Bamstone being laid along Liebig Street by Jorge Gardner from Kings Landscaping as part of the Warrnambool CBD renewal stage one works last year. Picture: Amy Paton

RULES around central business district footpath displays have been updated as work on the city centre renewal project progresses.

A draft policy and procedural document has been produced by the Warrnambool City Council, to ensure it is up to date with the changes to footpaths the street redevelopment has implemented. 

“With the Liebig Street redevelopment, much of the footpath trading policy was inconsistent with descriptions and would be difficult to apply,” a report says.

“For example new footpath widths, bluestone footpath treatment, and the lack of kerbs are all conditions that are significantly different.”

Changes to the policy include changes in terminology such as “roadway” rather than “kerb” and the removal of procedural aspects.

“It supports a footpath trading approach which is safe, equitably and which does not create clutter or amenity impacts,” a council report says.

“The application process has been streamlined and with applicants now able to apply for a number of different footpath trading approval on one application form.”

Cr Mike Neoh said it would be prudent to have a “quick review” in a year to ensure the policies were practical. 

Cr Sue Cassidy said the report got rid of a lot of grey areas for traders.

Cr Peter Hulin said it was important for path displays to remain at a high standard.

It will be released for public comment for four weeks for feedback from stakeholders and the wider community. The council will then consider public submissions and make any appropriate amendments before submitted it is submitted for adoption at an upcoming meeting.