MAYFIELD Garden's popularity might come at a cost to the tourist attraction.
Oberon Council's town planner Dylan Furnell has been given the job of going back to Mayfield's original development application consent to see if there was a condition attached about a future intersection upgrade.
Mr Furnell spoke to council's most recent Traffic Advisory Local Committee (TALC) meeting in regards to an application received from Mayfield proposing a number of events generating visitors from 120 to more than 3000 people per day.
Given that many of the events outlined in the application are already taking place, the application is largely retrospective, Mr Furnell said.
Council's technical services director Chris Schumacher said he noted feedback from Jackie Barry from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that the TALC cannot make a recommendation to the development application, but can make a recommendation to the RMS, which will ultimately make a decision in regards to conditions.
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Mayor Kathy Sajowitz asked for the original development application consent for Mayfield Garden to be examined because she believed there was a condition attached to the approval which stated that when visitor numbers reached a certain level, Mayfield was to upgrade the O'Connell Road and Mayfield Road intersection.
The committee agreed that the intersection requires an upgrade and that there had been several near misses there due to the lack of safe sight distance, in particular for vehicles waiting to turn into Mayfield Road from O'Connell Road, as well as the lack of additional lanes for safer turning.
The committee asked Mr Furnell to examine the original development application consent for Mayfield, determine if there is a condition of consent relating to visitor numbers and the intersection on the O'Connell Road and report back to the TALC.
Mr Furnell will also ask Mayfield Garden to provide projected traffic volumes and report this information back to the TALC.
Mr Schumacher will write to the RMS and express the concerns raised at the TALC meeting.