Do you think we need to better manage and limit parking within residential areas, both on street and off street?

over 4 years ago
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Housing plays an important part in the growth of the City, where we live and the type of housing we live in will influence the liveability of our City. We see a number of significant developments being approved in South Perth. All these developments will require parking to cater for residents, visitors and employees.  

Do you think we need to better manage and limit parking within residential areas, both on street and off street?

How do you think we can do this?

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  • RogerA over 4 years ago
    In brief, "yes". But we have to unpick the question. "Better manage"? Unquestionably, "yes". "Limit parking within residential areas"? A much more qualified "yes", like "yes" to requirements to provide a generous level of on site parking in all new commercial, mixed use and residential developments. However, "no" to the implied proposition that "significant developments being approved in South Perth" should be limited on the basis of concerns about increased demand for parking. Parking is not the only concern! All local governments in Perth, especially the inner metropolitan LGAs like CoSP, have to contribute towards creating a more sustainable, more compact city. Otherwise, Perth gridlocks with long distance, private car commuters. Higher density residential, taller buildings, and more incorporation of commercial premises and public parking into the lower floors, make a big contribution to sustainability.On the matter of "on street and off street", yes, both need better management, but why is there not a specific inclusion of "street verges"? CoSP has many residential streets where "on street" parking is a serious impediment to smooth and safe flow of cars and bicycles, whilst "off street" parking is limited owing to inadequacies in design codes. The main inadequacy in earlier times was insufficient on site (or "off street") parking for business premises and blocks of flats or units, and in contemporary times, very large houses with no on site parking other than the double garage. However, there is an obvious way to at least partly overcome these errors, and that is to formalise the use of street verge parking by visitors and "overflow" residents.Enabling formalised or orderly street verge parking is not a radical new idea; in the past it has been used by CoSP in many locations. Arranged in order from simplest and least formal to more complex, these include:1. Low profile kerbs that are "small vehicle friendly", that is can be driven over in order to park on the verge. e.g.: Campbell St, Kensington; Ednah St between Macdonald and Coode.2. Brick paved hardstanding on verge and behind the kerb. e.g. upper Coode St west side, south of Preston St roundabout.3. Long asphalt embayments in verge with no marking of bays, parallel parking. e.g. Hensman St west of Anstey St; Ednah St west of Mary St.4. Asphalt embayments with marked bays for one to several cars, parallel parking. e.g. lower Coode; lower Preston St.5. Asphalt embayments, marked bays, angle parking. e.g. St Augustines Church, Cale St.6. Asphalt embayments, marked bays, 90 degree parking. e.g. Hensman between Coode and Anstey.7. Brick paved embayments each one car. e.g. lower Sandgate St.However, in recent years CoSP seems to have turned away from any facilitation of street verge parking. To illustrate, about two years ago Mary Street was resurfaced and re-kerbed, with a higher kerb that now poses an increased barrier to street verge parking - notwithstanding Mary Street's problem with on street parking reducing it to one lane at many points. To illustrate further, attempts made by some members of the community reference group for LATMS Como West in 2013 to include some modest recommendations on better use of street verge parking (e.g. "Suggestion to implement an experimental program for the implementation of hard standing on the verge for parking") were dismissed in the final report (e.g. "The City's Verge Guidelines does not support the implementation of hard standing verges in the City.").The LATMS Como West discussions did not seek low profile kerbs, hard standing, embayments, etc, for all parts of every street. Rather, it explored ways to proceed with a limited scale, economical, experimental program to relieve the problem of disorderly parking that presents a serious impediment to smooth and safe flow of cars and bicycles on our more heavily trafficked residential streets. The final report for LATMS Como West did not engage with this and related topics, as it used a "deferral" tactic: "Subject to outcomes of city wide parking strategy". I do hope that the current "City of South Perth Parking Strategy" exercise does not rule out a fresh look at street verge parking, and does not overlook that in the past, the City has used a range of measures to facilitate verge parking. Sure, you might give a up a bit of hard-to-maintain verge lawn, but you can still keep plenty of street trees, and trees are better than lawns at hiding the cars!Roger Atkinson