Burnside updates parking policy

Published on 08 May 2018

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Burnside updates parking policy to ensure a fair distribution of permits to residents

The demand for parking in suburbs such as Eastwood, Frewville and Dulwich and other near city suburbs has grown significantly as a result of many issues including:

- the increase in the number of multi property residences (apartments, units) in these suburbs.
- residents owning more than one vehicle.
- commuters parking to access the city or their nearby workplace.

While the demand for on-street parking has grown, there are limited car spaces available.

Council has updated the parking policy to ensure that those residents that need on-street car spaces are prioritised.

The updated parking permit system prioritises residents with the greatest need for on-street parking over those that already have the ability to park in their driveways, garages and carports. It also addresses the over allocation of permits and fairly accommodates resident demand for parking.

The old parking policy allowed residents to receive three permits regardless of how many cars they could accommodate off the street. In some instances more permits were issued than the available parking spaces in a street – as all eligible residents were entitled to three permits.

The new policy will give all eligible residents a transferable permit for one on-street park.  The policy also notes that partners or spouses have their own car and older children living at home often have their own car.   This is factored in by assessing how many cars are registered to an address and how many off-street parks are available at that address.  Second and third on-street parking permits are then offered at a cost on that basis.

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Parking policies of neighbouring councils were reviewed in the formulation of the new policy.  Elements of these policies were incorporated into the new policy that is tailored to our resident’s needs and provides fair and equitable access to on-street parking.

Although there is no legislative or policy requirement to engage the public on the changes to the parking policy, Council wrote to all residents that hold parking permits to provide information on the changes and advised the community via Council’s website.