Virginia Main Street Upgrade

Project Overview

The Virginia Main Street Upgrade Project will improve the town’s main street to create a welcoming space for locals, businesses and visitors to Virginia. The project area is Old Port Wakefield Road, roughly between the Virginia Oval entrance and Sheedy/Penfield Roads intersection and includes the Virginia Insitute Park.

We are excited to commence this important project and invite the community to have their say. We encourage you to register as an Engagement Hub user to receive project updates and stay in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Survey Closed

The survey has now closed and results are being reviewed.  Thank you to all who took part!

First phase of consultation has been completed

Virginia residents have had their say on the City of Playford’s design for their main street, with more than 375 people providing feedback on how they would like their town to look in the future.  

Local residents were consulted via pop-up workshops, community drop-in sessions and an online survey, while Virginia Primary School students also provided feedback on their town’s future design.

“We aren’t surprised in any way that the community has so positively embraced the consultation on this exciting project,” Mayor Docherty said.  “Virginia is an important part of Playford and we’re excited to be receiving the views of residents about a project that will shape the look and feel of their home for many years to come.”

Among the key messages resulting from the consultation were:

  • To resolve the street’s drainage issues;
  • Plant new trees and landscaping;
  • Fix the footpaths;
  • Address safety concerns for pedestrians crossing the street;
  • Make the street more attractive;
  • Deliver an outcome that is suitable to the country setting;
  • Create a destination at the Virginia Institute Park.

Meanwhile, the primary school students had some creative ideas, such as a wishing fountain, fruit trees, sculptures in Virginia Rams colours and in-ground trampolines.

The draft design concept will be exhibited in Virginia later this year, providing an opportunity for the community to give further feedback.

A Summary of Consultation report will be prepared over the next few weeks and made available on this web page.

  • Community engagement and concept development

    August 2019 - January 2020

  • Undergrounding of power lines by SA Power Network

    Sometime between January and June 2020

  • Detailed design and engineering

    January 2020 - June 2020

  • Street upgrade works by Council

    After July 2020 - subject to funding and may be staged

The Virginia Main Street upgrade will improve the footpaths and addressing the ponding of water on the street and seeks to create a safer and welcoming environment for the community.

The upgrade project will serve a growing local population and support main street businesses as a key service hub in the region. 

The upgrade project responds to the directions identified in the 'Virginia Blueprint' - and urban design framework that was finalised in 2010.  This work was informed by feedback from the local Virginia community and identified the upgrade of the main street as a key project to "enhance the town cetnre as the central meeting place for shopping, services, and socialising". 

The undergrounding of the overhead power lines were recognised as a signficant element of the street upgrade and the development of the Virgina Institute Park was identified as another key project with an aim to "revitalise the park as a central space for community activities and outdoor recreation that attracts people of all ages and adds to main street activity and town character".


Access the Virginia Blueprint here: https://cdn.playford.sa.gov.au/general-downloads/Council-Documents/SC-SP_1006_BlueprintVirginiaUrbanDesignFramework.pdf?mtime=20181114180251

 

 

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