New Parking Strategy to address street parking demand
30 November 2016
Willoughby Council (Council Meeting of Monday 28 November) has endorsed a new Parking Strategy, which aims to achieve a balance between the demand for, and supply of, on street parking spaces within the Willoughby area.
Home to almost 76,354 residents and more than 32,500 vehicles (25.5% of households have three or more cars) the Willoughby area is also host to the vibrant Chatswood CBD, attracting business workers and shoppers. Competition for kerbside parking space is intense, particularly in Chatswood CBD where demand outstrips supply.
The strategy aims to address the competing needs and interests of these three main parking users – residents, businesses, shoppers. It also aims to address the specific needs of other motorists including motorcyclists, trades people, mobility parking and car share.
Developed by Council after a long period of research, workshops, community consultation and surveys, the plan will follow six strategic directions and related parking management measures:
- Adopt a framework of time and pricing restrictions - that can be adjusted when parking occupancy reaches above 85 per cent – to assist parking turnover.
- Apply parking controls that support the land use context. For example, parking alongside cafes and restaurants may be restricted to limits of 2 to 4 hours. Parking for commuters near major transport hubs may be restricted.
- Develop an integrated transport strategy - that will guide future transport planning and development. This will complement future planning and urban design strategies for Willoughby’s centres, support the growth in residents and jobs and ensure integration of all elements of the transport network, including cars.
- Promote car share - by strategic allocation of street parking space for car share parking. Council will also review planning controls to ensure car share allocation within the parking areas of private developments.
- Maximise available street and road space for parked cars - by collaborating with NSW government partners to identify areas where on-street parking can be reintroduced. Also, advocating against any further road changes that prioritise short term additional traffic lanes over kerbside parking.
- Promote alternative transport choice for non-essential car journeys - to enable an increase the number of trips made by non-car modes such as walking, bicycling and public transport.
Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said that intensification of car use is a Sydney-wide issue, and that as our own vibrant city continues to thrive, parking amenities and a viable transport network will be at the forefront of our community’s needs.
“We know, from extensive research and consultation, that short stay and unrestricted parking is near capacity, leading to illegal parking problems. Commuter parking is on the rise, and employee parking has an impact on parking availability for local residents. There are also issues relating to schools zones, sportsground users, tradespeople, motorcycles, mobility parking and more, said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.
“This parking strategy will help alleviate these issues - increase street parking capacity and manage demand, encourage car sharing, implement directional signage to assist motorists in locating vacant car spaces and address the sensory needs of specific users. And while it mainly focusses on the Chatswood CBD, the principles can be adapted to fit the circumstances of parking needs across the Willoughby area,” Mayor Gail added.
The new strategy will be progressively implemented over the coming years, commencing with the development of the next Council budget, in early 2017.
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