Why is the City preparing a Parking Strategy?

The City of South Perth is preparing a City-wide parking strategy to provide a long-term plan for the provision and management of parking within the City.

The strategy aims to provide a parking framework over the next 15 years to assist in achieving the City’s goals in relation to travel demand management and sustainable transport, to ensure the existing road network amenity is maintained and improved.

The findings and recommendations arising from the study will enable the City to better prepare, plan for and manage parking issues facing the City. The City will also be looking at the management of parking between various precincts in the City.  

The City's Parking Strategy will then feed into an Integrated Transport Study which the City will be preparing in 2016.

What are the City’s plans for parking?

The City of South Perth is preparing a City-wide Parking Strategy that will provide a long-term plan for the provision and management of parking within the City. 

The City is seeking input from stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities to improve parking in the City of South Perth. 

The City has employed parking and community engagement consultants to assist with the development of the Parking Strategy. 

 The City’s key objectives for parking strategy are:

  • Provide a strategic City-wide parking framework for the short, medium and longer terms.
  • Assist the City to better manage travel demand by identifying parking demand and supply and refine how it manages parking i.e. fee paying, time limits, no parking areas etc.

  • To support other Council strategies and policies to assist in achieving better transport and movement outcomes from various planning documents such as the local planning strategy and town planning scheme.
  • Identify a comprehensive action plan to assist in the future preparation of precinct plans. 

Does the City currently have a Parking Strategy?

Largely the City of South Perth has not previously benefited from a formal City-wide strategy and has dealt with parking demand and supply on a case-by-case basis. 

The City, along with the state as a whole, is currently experiencing increased growth. In line with the Department of Planning’s Strategy document “Directions 2031” this is expected to continue into the future. This growth in new developments and ongoing residential in-fill will place increased pressure on car parking for businesses, visitors, residents and employees.

To plan for and manage parking within the City, it is important to prepare a Parking Strategy to set guidelines for future management and identify parking demand and supply.

How will the Parking Strategy be developed?

The City is engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders, including residents, business owners, visitors, government agencies, workers, shoppers and commuters to learn more about your current and future parking needs.

Stakeholders will be be able to identify issues and opportunities to improve parking in the City. The information collected will then be collated and analysed and the Parking Strategy will be developed based on the findings and recommendations arising from the study. The Parking Strategy will then go to Council for consideration. 

The Parking Strategy recommendations are expected to be implemented in 2016.  There will be ample opportunity for additional community comment when the once a final draft is formally advertised.  

The information will also assist in the development of the City’s Integrated Transport Study in 2016.

How can I give feedback on any problems that I have with parking on my street?

There are a number of ways that you give feedback about a specific issue or make a comment.

  • Complete the survey: fill out the survey online, or pick up a hard copy from the Civic Centre or City Libraries 
  • Map your feedback: use the mapping tool to pin your feedback on an interactive map of the City
  • Attend the Community Workshop: come along to the Community Workshop, where the project team will be available to answer your questions - 6pm Thursday 23 July 2015 at South Perth Community Hall
  • Join the discussion: visit the discussion forum and join the conversation about parking in the City of South Perth

Why has the City introduced in-ground parking sensors at some locations?

The City of South Perth recently installed in-ground parking sensors on a three-month trial in partnership with Australian Parking and Revenue Control (APARC).

The sensors are buried underground and record when a vehicle arrives and departs from a parking bay. 

Once a vehicle has overstayed the permitted time limit, a signal is sent from the sensor to the nearest City Ranger’s smart phone.

The parking sensors have been installed in parking bays at the following locations:

  • Mends St, between Mill Point Rd and South Perth Esplanade, South Perth
  • Hobbs Ave, Como.

The City decided to proceed with the trial as an improved way to manage parking in these popular areas, with the real-time data provided by the sensors more efficient than the City’s current process.  

The sensors will allow the City to have access to parking data to review how many vehicles use particular areas and how long they are parking for. It will also encourage a higher turnover of vehicles and deter people who are parking illegally for extended periods of time.