- Posted by Ian Mutton
- On June 26, 2018
There’s a disconnect between Planning Rules and Reality of Finding a
Why’s it hard to find a parking spot in North Sydney’s Council area?
Yes! Between 2011 and 2016 the number of:
- dwellings increased by 1,763
- resident with no cars decreased by 213
It’s set to get worse.
- The Government tells us to prepare for a 30% increase in population over the next 20 years.
Where to park those cars?
- Our Council restricts the number of parking spaces for each studio/one bedroom apartment to 0.5 – that’s right, ½
- That restriction relieves developers of the cost burden of providing car spaces leaving owners to park on the streets.
- Our Council wants to minimise reliance on private cars; to facilitate the use of
public transport, walking and cycling.
Policies detached from reality serve no good cause.
- Try transporting kids around to sporting events in buses, on bikes and by foot.
- Not everyone can use public transport to get to work and travel around with work.
What’s needed? There’s no “one” answer; what’s needed in the short term:
- Amend the policy (North Sydney DCP 2013) to require a minimum of one parking spot for every new home – no matter how small.
- Give North Sydney Council area residents priority access to on street parking.
- Adopt schemes that facilitate the orderly use of shared cars and bikes.