FAQs Lindfield Village Living

How will the funds raised by the sale of land be used?

The funds will be used to address the asset renewal gap (funding shortfall) by returning the funds to reserves for expenditure on new assets or major asset refurbishment in accordance with the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) guiding principles (see page 4 of report).

It could be used to fund Council’s co-contribution for projects identified in the Development Contributions Plan 2010. The LTFP proposes that asset sales from rationalisation of property assets commence in 2015/16 and continue over a 10 year period as Contribution Plan projects proceed. (refer to page 23 of report).

What is Council's plans for open space and community land in Lindfield?

We have developed an innovative Open Space Acquisition Program (OSAP) to provide much needed parkland for the community while experiencing a high levels of growth.

The Ku-ring-gai Open Space Acquisition Strategy 2007 establishes a series of principles for the acquisition of open space within Ku-ring-gai, focusing on the areas of greatest future need.

The aim is to delivering quality parks and civic spaces within areas of high-density residential and mixed-use development.

Since its inception, Council has been acquiring land at an unprecedented rate, spending $39.5 million on acquiring 20,400sqm of land for new parks and civic spaces in Gordon, Lindfield, Killara, Turramurra, St Ives and Wahroonga (figures current at July 2014). Council is currently in the design stage for 2 large civic spaces in Lindfield:

  • Lindfield Green will be a new area of parkland on Tryon Road with an area of 2700sqm.
  • Lindfield Community Hub will be a large park area on Bent Street with an area of 3800sqm.

Together with the development of these 2 projects, there will be a significant increase in the provision of community facilities and public open space within the Lindfield Local Centre.

What are the traffic impacts?

Changes to the road network are proposed, to accommodate additional vehicle traffic and pedestrian movements expected to be generated from the site. This includes:

  • new traffic signals at selected intersections, to improve pedestrian and vehicle access across Pacific Highway, and general circulation;
  • a new road adjacent to the site, to provide additional connectivity for pedestrians, people who ride bicycles and vehicles;
  • closure of roads to vehicles, to improve pedestrian access and urban amenity;
  • changes to circulation patterns, such as conversion of 2-way road to a one-way road, and turning restrictions;
  • provision will be made for commuter drop-off and pick-up (kiss and ride) space in Woodford Lane.

What this road means in the new development

As part of the proposed transport scheme for the Lindfield Local Centre, the Lindfield Local Centre Transport Network Model Study(PDF, 1MB) considered the road through the library site to be accessed left-in only from Pacific Highway, with one way circulation from Pacific Highway/Library site, towards the railway station entrance at Tryon Place (ie. anti-clockwise circulation).

Page 122 shows the preferred transport scheme, with the access road through the library site connecting to the upgraded intersection of Pacific Highway and Tryon Place.

As one way anti-clockwise circulation is proposed, vehicles would not be leaving the new road to join Pacific Highway. As a result, there would not be sight distance requirements at the curve on Pacific Highway for vehicles leaving the library site.

To leave the library site, vehicles would travel in a northerly direction along Tryon Place up to the Pacific Highway, to the proposed traffic signals at that intersection, then turn left or right.

Will Lindfield be without a library for a while?

No. The current Lindfield Library will continue to operate in its current site or at an alternative location until the new library at the Lindfield Community Hub is ready.

What about the seniors’ centre?

In 2013 Council commissioned the Lindfield Community Facilities Study which included a review of the former Lindfield Seniors Citizen’s Centre/Resource Centre and found:

  • older facility in average condition, repair works required;
  • a site close to the Lindfield local centre and train station but difficult to access by car; and
  • limited additional capacity.

Lindfield Seniors Centre had a dysfunctional layout and small spaces, limiting the types of uses it can accommodate.

The study recommended that the existing library and Seniors Centre facilities be replaced with new multi-use facilities located in the Lindfield Community Hub. This proposal was adopted by Council on 10 December 2013.

What will happen to KYDS?

Council will relocate the Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service (KYDS) within the proposed Lindfield Community Hub.

The new facility will provide rooms designed in consultation with representatives of KYDS to meet their specific requirements.

What will happen to the tennis courts?

There are 6 Council-owned tennis courts within close proximity to the tennis courts located at the rear of the Lindfield library precinct.

The courts are vacant 6 days out of 7; the more heavily used courts located nearby are vacant an average of 3 days a week. It can therefore be assumed that the loss of the Lindfield library courts within the network would make very little difference as the nearby courts would have the capacity to take up additional usage.