The Roads and Drainage Master Plan
After years of consultation and discussion, on July 18, 2011, the former Pittwater Council adopted a Master Plan consisting of three documents:
- Scotland Island Road Reserves and Stormwater Report (Pittwater Council) (June 2011);
- Scotland Island Road Reserve Strategy (September 2009);
- Scotland Island Road Reserve Strategy Accompanying Maps (September 2009);
- Scotland Island Stormwater Management Strategy (June 2011); and
- Scotland Island Road Reserve & Stormwater Management Implementation Plan (June 2011).
The Special Rate Variation adopted that same year provides $100,000 per year (indexed) for 10 years for capital improvements to the Island’s roads. The hope that Pittwater Council could attract additional funding through state and federal grants has not yet been realised.
The Roads & Drainage Subcommittee has worked closely with council staff each year to identify the highest priority capital improvement projects to be implemented within the budget constraints. These have focussed on improving drainage to reduce erosion and subsequent surface deterioration and pollution (siltation) of Pittwater.
Scotland Island Traffic Management Plan
The Scotland Island Road Reserve Strategy (SIRRS) recommended adoption of a Traffic Management Plan for the Island (pp. 38-39). Specific recommendations for this plan were taken from the results of a survey conducted by SIRA in July 2000 (see SIRRS Appendix D), including the provision that ‘Island roads should be closed and re-opened under Council control, with permits and regulations controlling vehicle numbers, weights, speeds etc.’
Council staff has now put forward two proposals, one to designate all Island roads as ‘Shared Zone’ with a 10 kph speed limit, the other to manage the numbers and types of vehicles on the Island through council permits. A council survey in March 2014 showed support for the speed limit proposal, which has now been approved by council and sent to RMS for approval. The survey indicated concerns about the ‘road closure’ proposal, so council staff will engage in additional community consultation before any further action is taken.