Silverdale’s ‘character guide’

Parallel parking on Silverdale Street, more pedestrian links with the Weiti River and traffic lights at the intersection of Silverdale Street, Hibiscus Coast Highway and Tavern Road are among the guidelines for the development of Silverdale Village that were adopted by the local board last month.

The “heritage led character design guidelines” for Silverdale Village, which were prepared by Boffa Miskell, are not binding but provide a framework that will be considered as further development occurs. One of the principle aims is to “define and enhance the character of Silverdale Village”.

Among its recommendations are wider footpaths and narrowing the carriageway to reduce traffic speed at the bottom section of Silverdale Street. The report suggests this could be achieved through removing the current maneuvering space and central median, as well as changing the 90-degree angle parks to parallel. A suggested speed limit of 30kph is suggested on Silverdale Street “to reduce rat run and create a pedestrian friendly environment”.

As the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board adopted the guidelines at its August 15 meeting, chair Julia Parfitt said: “We have the plans, the guidelines and the money. We are ready for action.”

The full guidelines are linked here.

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