Consultations will soon be closing for the Council’s Interim Speed Management Plan.
Waimate District Council is asking the community what it thinks about plans to make our roads safer with more appropriate speeds in key areas across the district.
Council is seeking feedback until 12pm on Monday 13 November. The proposal places the safety and wellbeing of the community at its core, with a focus on kura/schools, urban fringe areas, and the central business area.
The consultation document is available on Council’s website, and in hard copy from the library, Council reception and Event Centre.
Under the plan’s provisions, most schools in the district will see the implementation of a 30km/h permanent speed limit. This lower limit is designed to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, including students who walk or cycle to school.
The second part of the plan involves reducing speeds of three roads in recreational and industrial areas.
The third component of the plan involves reducing speed limits in developed areas within the central business area to 30km/h. This adjustment is aimed at reducing risks for active road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter users, while fostering a safer environment for all.
Submissions will be heard, and Council will decide on the plan on 12 December, before sending the recommendations to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
If approved, the changes will be made to the speed limits in February and March next year.
The Waimate District Council welcomes community input and encourages residents to share their thoughts on these proposed measures, which aim to make the district’s roads safer and more accessible for everyone.