What is the ‘South Village project’?
The South Village project is a residential and retail development project situated in the heart of Kirrawee, a few minutes walk from Kirrawee train station and local bus services. The development project is led by companies, Deicorp and Payce, and was approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission in 2015.
In addition to residential apartments, this project includes:
- Supermarkets Coles and Aldi
- Parkland and community playground for residents and visitors (9000m²)
- Multipurpose space (1500m²).
Where can I find out more about the South Village project?
To see architects' impressions, register interest or just find out more, visit the Deicorp or Payce dedicated websites: www.deicorp.com.au/portfolio/south-village-kirrawee/ or www.southvillage.com.au/
When will South Village open?
Stage 1 opened in November last year, and included Coles, Aldi and specialty stores.
The last stage, Stage 2, including the parkland, should be completed by November 2019 with the turfed park open to the community in December.
What measures have been taken to handle the extra traffic from South Village?
Significant upgrade of the Princes Highway and Oak Road intersection has been completed.
Road widening of Oak Road, as well as traffic lights at the intersection of Flora Street and Oak Road has also been completed.
What is Council doing in relation to this project?
Since approval was provided by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission in 2015, Sutherland Shire Council has been and continues to liaise with South Village development project partners to ensure, where possible, that any impacts of the project are minimised.
Council has approved the terms of a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with Payce and Deicorp for the delivery of the parkland, 1500m² multipurpose space and monetary contributions for roadworks and streetscape improvements.
Sutherland Shire Council understands that the South Village development is important to the community and although much of the decision-making for the development has been outside of Council’s control, Council will continue to provide as much information as possible to keep the community informed.
What measures have been taken to handle the extra parking demand in the area?
South Village provides total of approximately 1600 spaces on-site parking spaces, including:
- 541 for commercial premises (supermarkets, restaurants, etc.)
- 1023 for residents and their visitors
- 54 spaces for bicycles for residents; and
- 50 bicycle parking spaces: 30 bicycle spaces for visitors and 20 for centre staff
As indicated above, parking controls have been implemented to ensure the new traffic lights at the intersection of Oak Road and Flora Street operate safely and efficiently.
The following parking changes have been implemented to off-set the loss of on-street parking:
- 17 additional spaces (40 in total) of two-hour parking in Fauna Place car park
- 5 spaces of one-hour parking on the northern side of Flora Street, east of Oak Road
- 4 spaces of one-hour parking on the southern side of Flora Street, east of Oak Road
- 8 spaces of three-hour parking on the northern side of Flora Street, west of Oak Road
- 9 spaces of one-hour parking on the southern side of Flora Street, west of Oak Road
What about the road works and closures surrounding the project?
To accommodate increased traffic movements in the precinct now and into the future, changes are required to the State and local road networks. The first stage of changes to the local road network surrounding the project commenced in late 2017 along the Princes Highway, under the supervision of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) before progressing into Oak Road, and then continuing south to the intersection with Flora Street.
Some of the road works in the area are required to provide for the proposed Woolworths development in Flora Street, some are required to improve pre-existing traffic congestion through Sutherland Shire and forms part of the RMS ‘Gateway to the South’ project. A large portion of the roadworks are required to improve the road frontage and traffic flows generated by the South Village development, as approved by NSW State Government. For more information about the RMS 'Gateway to the South' project at Princes Highway and President Avenue, visit rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-south/princes-highway-president-avenue/
Road works update (August 2019)
The majority of the road works required as part of the development was completed in October 2018. This included widening of Oak Road to two lanes in both directions between Princes Highway and Flora Street, and traffic signals at the intersection of Flora Street and Oak Road (see map below), as well as separate turning lanes for both directions onto the Princes Hwy from Oak Road, in order to improve both pedestrian safety and traffic flow.
Slip lanes from Princes Highway to South Village and Oak Road have been provided and new footpaths are being provided to the full frontage of the South Village development.
The RMS ‘Gateway to the South’ webpage notes that the project also includes permanently removing the right hand turn lane from Princes Highway into Oak Road which was announced in October 2018.
Council will be reviewing the operation of the intersection of Flora Street and Oak Road, once works at Princes Highway are complete.
For more information about this project, please see the Roads and Maritime project website: rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/easing-sydneys-congestion/gateway-to-south/
Related Council News
Dedicated Park at South Village development – 29 March 2018
Future options for South Village community facilities under construction – 20 March 2017
Community update on South Village – 13 March 2017
Address: 566-594 Princes Highway, Kirrawee