SSS Strawberries' farm on Rosedale Road will soon become a 'Big Strawberry' tourist facility featuring a restaurant and shop. The company engaged RoadCulture for traffic engineering support for their agri-tourism development, and the following benefits ensued:
- The company had a tidy looking site frontage for the duration of the development assessment thanks to a successful request to government for road edge maintenance;
- Traffic generation figures from a comparable local tourist facility were used as a base, resulting in accurate assessment of the development’s potential traffic impacts;
- Individual development features were assessed separately. This built flexibility into the approval process, making it possible to make late changes to the staging of the development.
- Adequate discussion was facilitated between the developer, representative consultants and government staff to achieve a shared understanding of the development traffic features, and;
- An economic design for mitigation measures was developed and efficiently co-ordinated to take advantage of nearby contractors working on other projects.
Since 2012, town planning, surveying and project management consultants Insite SJC have been gaining value for their clients by engaging RoadCulture to meet complex needs at varying project stages. For example, during the feasibility stage of a commercial development in a constrained site, RoadCulture reviewed internal and external roadways, consulted with road authorities and advised the scale of development that could be accommodated without requiring any major road upgrades. This information confirmed likely roadwork costs in relation to the potential site layout and buildings, helping to optimise the developer’s potential return on investment in the site.
In late 2014, RoadCulture’s client Andrew Wallis received council news that a roundabout designed for the adjacent intersection would affect the use of their property in Bowen. The client and their tenants faced the prospect of losing 15 on-street car parks and two driveway accesses, raising concerns the business would have to close. RoadCulture provided an efficient design review and reporting service, including an alternative concept to Council’s design showing how existing access points and car parking spaces could safely be retained. Consequently the client engaged with councillors and design staff to achieve a much improved design.