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Council adopts three year plan for parking in Yarra

14 November 2013

Council will look at new ways to manage parking in Yarra with growing pressure on the municipality’s scarce supply of on-street parking spaces.

This week, Council adopted its revised Parking Management Strategy, a three-year action plan that will include a review of Yarra’s parking permit scheme and investigating the rollout of in ground sensor technology for parking enforcement.

Public consultation will be carried out on individual actions in the strategy that will impact on the community, such as proposed changes to permit rules or restrictions in local streets.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said frustration over parking was one of the top issues that Yarra residents and businesses had to contend with.

“The simple fact is that demand for parking far outstrips supply in Yarra and the pressure on that supply is growing,” Cr Fristacky said.

“Ten thousand new residents have moved into Yarra in the past decade, and the latest forecasts indicate Yarra’s population will top 110,000 by 2030.

“Yarra also attracts a substantial number of visitors who travel to the area for work, or for shopping and leisure activities. According to the 2011 Census data, of the 58,000 people who worked in Yarra in 2011, only 9500 of them live locally.

“Whichever way you look at it there are more cars than the area can handle, so Council has a responsibility through its parking policies to discourage car use and car dependence.

“A key aim of this strategy is to promote sustainable travel, such as cycling, walking and public transport.

“It is for this reason that Council does not support the construction of new off-street car parks unless there is a justifiable business case for this.”

Cr Fristacky said the Parking Management Strategy set out a list of actions for Council to investigate, including a plan to better manage parking around shopping strips and improve response times to parking complaints.

“One of the first actions that we will look at is reviewing the existing rules around eligibility for parking permits,” she said.

“We went down that road more than a decade ago when we introduced a new rule preventing the issue of resident parking permits to developments built after 2003. 

This was prompted by the fact that some areas of Yarra already had more on-street parking permits issued than on-street car spaces available.

“Continuing to issue permits for new developments would make parking all the more untenable in Yarra. 

“Thus it was considered that developers should be put on notice that Council would no longer issue parking permits on street for new developments which should either be car free or would otherwise be required to be self-sufficient with parking on site.

“The overall aim is still to discourage car use where possible, but it is time now for Council to revisit the rules for different classes of parking permits.

“We understand that changes to parking have a significant effect on the lives of residents and businesses so Council will consult widely with the community before those changes are considered.”

To read the strategy in full, visit

Further information
Damien Patterson
Manager - Parking Services
9205 5462



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