- Posted by IanMuttonAdmin
- On October 17, 2022
We need to plan for North Sydney’s future.
A future, like the past, where disruption be an on-going reality?
- Electric light and the lengthening of the “working” day.
- Internet and the change in the nature of “work” and the places where it’s carried out.
Let’s look at cars and parking.
The Toyota vision – it sees a move
- away from private ownership
- to autonomous vehicles (and ride share)
Should we share that vision? If so, should we:
- let the laws of supply and demand determine the allocation of public pavements between pedestrians, bikes/scooters and cars; or
- drive the outcome?
Should Council get involved by engaging in “social” engineering?
If yes, how? Council could:
- move to further limit the provision of parking spaces in:
- shopping centres;
- commercial areas;
- established residential developments;
- all new residential developments or new residential developments near transport hubs
- Noting that:
- it is being proposed to reduce the number of parking spaces in new developments to one for every 4 residential apartments;
- the destination of a resident may not be near a transport hub;
- residents without parking will have an increased need for delivery services (that will need on-street parking).
- Noting that:
- adopt planning rules that facilitate the repurposing of parking spaces;
- leave it to the State Government.
Leave it to the State Government – a Government that has a plundering attitude toward open green space; a Government that in:
- 1939 gave us Bradfield Park as compensation for the damage inflicted on our community by the building of the Harbour Bridge – then in:
- 1988 “temporarily” took away the southern end of Bradfield Park to allow the building of the cross-harbour tunnel with the unfilled promise that it would be returned; and
- 2021 moved to take away the northern and central sections of Bradfield Park to build a velodrome styled bike ramp and remove 24 car parking spaces along with an unspecified number of trees.
- 2014 promised us the western foreshore of Berrys Bay.
- 2022 took away half of Cammeray Park and more than 700 trees.
For further reading – North Sydney Sun
If ever there was a time for our community to be heard on how the streets are divvied up between pedestrians, bikes/scooters and cars, it is now – one place to be heard Council Enragement re Parking
Let me know your thoughts on how Council should manage parking issues going forward – email@example.com