Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’ take heed for Manninghams’ future

It seems Manningham is not the ony council with parking versus Developments issues…

A couple of things to consider here, so as to put it into Manninghams’ perspective.

  1. Higher density suburds such as those in Yarra is where Manningham is heading with it’s increased density plans.
  2. Most areas of Yarra have Train, Tram & Bus public transport. Manningham has bus only.

And while we are on the Topic – here’s one from Whitehorse Council – Grocon wanted to build 19 Storey Office with only 50 car spaces – not the 386 council recommended. Whitehorse Council car park wrangle – Melbourne Weekly Eastern

And from June 4th  Yarra Leader Newspaper:

Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’

The big parking squeeze on Yarra streets is set to become a council election issue later this year. Divisions have appeared among councillors on how to balance the demand for parking with a push towards more sustainable transport options. YARRA Council will review its policy on parking waivers after a councillor said the current system was pouring money into the pockets of developers and leading to parking chaos.

Socialist councillor Stephen Jolly said each waiver issued to a developer was worth tens of thousands of dollars because they could fit more apartments in, and this added to the on-street parking squeeze.

But Greens councillor Amanda Stone said the sensible use of waivers led to less traffic on Yarra streets and smaller developments because developers didn’t have to provide as many parking levels.

Council officers are investigating the effects of waivers and looking at options such as requiring developers to provide an open-space contribution and car share or public transport tickets where waivers were granted.

Fitzroy Residents’ Association spokesman Tom Keel said on-street parking was very tight, but one car space to each apartment was the right ratio to encourage other forms of transport.

CONCESSIONS TO DEVELOPERS BLAMED FOR CROWDED STREETS

YARRA Council will review its policy on parking waivers after a councillor said the current system was pouring money into the pockets of developers and leading to parking chaos.

Socialist councillor Stephen Jolly said each waiver issued to a developer was worth tens of thousands of dollars because they could fit more apartments in, and this added to the on-street parking squeeze.

But Greens councillor Amanda Stone said the sensible use of waivers led to less traffic on Yarra streets and smaller developments because developers didn’t have to provide as many parking levels.

 

 

2 Responses to “Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’ take heed for Manninghams’ future”

  1. Colin says:

    Manningham Council were warned by their own consultants as early as 2002 they would need to create six parking stations to service the huge Doncaster Hill Strategy and the predicted 5 million visitors per year. The Manningham planning arm listed just four disadvantages to this plan, of which three were minor; the fourth was the workload on council in developing a parking station that could be co-funded by an operator!
    Below is an excerpt from a parking review conducted by Monash City Council in response to a shortfall of parking in the Glen Waverley Activity Centre. A cash in lieu of car space plan, was also adopted which has enabled a four storey parking station and a second now under construction. In 2010 the total number of public off-street parking spaces in the Glen Waverley Activity Centre was 1,788, excluding the massive parking area of the Glen Shopping Centre.
    The review went on to say; “A fundamental issue to be addressed by this Parking Precinct Plan is that parking surveys carried out on a case by case basis can create a misleading impression that there is a parking surplus in the area which justifies a waiver of car parking. It is the intent of this Parking Precinct Plan that the ability to claim a waiver or reduction of car parking pursuant to Clause 52.06-1 be removed to stop a case by case approach to the provision of car parking and ensure that all new users and those intensifying existing uses provide car parking either on the land or by way of cash contribution to the provision of the car parking within the Bogong Avenue park station. ”
    As a result, the Schedule to Clause 52.06-2 Section 3.0 of the Monash Planning Scheme which incorporates the parking study, states that; “A permit cannot be granted to reduce or waive the car parking requirement for any other use on the basis of; the availability of car parking in the locality, the availability of public transport in the locality, any reduction in car parking demand due to the sharing of car spaces by multiple uses, either because of variation of car parking demand over time, because of efficiencies gained from the consolidation of shared car parking spaces.
    How many public off-street car parks are there in the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre? Answer; none really, except in the Civic grounds where Manningham Council Staff and the public have to compete for access to a limited number of parking bays. This has not deterred Manningham Council from using the above criteria and continuing to extend generous parking tally discounts to the apartment towers.

  2. Sam says:

    Colin,
    The above comment is very rational and well presented.It would be great if we had councillors capable of presenting such an article.
    Unfortunately you are probably too busy or too intelligent to be a councillor.
    Think about it!

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