THERE have been renewed calls for Cooma-Monaro Shire Council to seal the Jerangle Road following the approval of another Development Application (DA) for a house on a property that would generate additional traffic on the road.
Jerangle resident Dennis Starrs asked councillors to develop a progressive plan for sealing Jerangle Road, before it decided on a DA to erect a dwelling on a property on Anembo Road at its October meeting.
The council had previously approved a batch of 26 DAs lodged by the applicant on their two large properties in the area.
Mr Starrs said that together with the 26 DAs already approved in the area, the new dwelling would significantly affect the traffic flow and as such council should consider sealing Jerangle Road in the future.
"At present there are 100 vehicle movements a day on the Jerangle Road," Mr Starrs said.
"If each new house has nine traffic movements a day, if all buildings are occupied, that would double the traffic flow on the road."
It is estimated that up to nine new traffic movements per day are generated by a dwelling house based on the Roads and Maritime Service's Guide to Traffic Generating Development
In the report that came before council for its consideration in making the decision it was highlighted that, together with the cumulative impact of the applicant's previous approvals, traffic levels on Jerangle Road will increase to more significant levels.
Mr Starrs said making plans to seal the road in the future was particularly important as more people were looking to move out of Canberra, to a rural areas and commute to work.
"The number of people commuting to Canberra will grow and grow," he said.
"You have to look to that future. Make plans to seal Jerangle Road.
"You will be derelict in your duty if you fail to plan for the future.
"I'm not asking you to do the whole lot now. Maybe seal two or four kilometres per annum starting at the northern end."
Council's engineering specifications recommend that once a road carries above about 100 traffic movements per day it should be sealed. A comparison of important sealed and unsealed roads in the shire indicates that this is generally true.
The sealed sections of roads such as Shannons Flat Road, Carlaminda Road, Countegany Road and Maffra Road all carry more than 100 vehicles a day based on traffic counts.
In the report the council acknowledged that the cumulative impact of the applicant's already approved dwellings will bring forward the time when it becomes more economical for the road to be sealed rather than constantly maintained at an unsealed standard.
"The current proposal will contribute further to this pressure," the report said.
"Despite this being an important issue, it is not considered that this represents a strong enough reason to refuse the present application on an individual basis, because this application by itself will not create a substantial extra traffic load on the road system.
However, councillors should be aware of this situation developing as they consider these and other future applications in this area," the report said.
Council approved the DA for a rural dwelling.