Park­ing limit

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup will re­duce the num­ber of park­ing per­mits it of­fers res­i­dents in the city cen­tre from next year.

THE City of Joon­dalup will re­duce the num­ber of park­ing per­mits it of­fers res­i­dents in the Joon­dalup city cen­tre from next year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry Hunt said the changes were be­cause the num­ber of per­mits “far ex­ceeded” the park­ing spa­ces avail­able.

The City cur­rently of­fers res­i­dents in the city cen­tre a max­i­mum of five free per­mits – 8130 per­mits for 1153 park­ing bays.

Though only 4440 are cur­rently is­sued, this is still a ra­tio of 3.9 per­mits per bay.

“This has im­pacted on res­i­dents by re­duc­ing their abil­ity to have fair and rea­son­able ac­cess to the limited on-street park­ing,” he said.

The changes fol­low the coun­cil’s re­view of the Park­ing Schemes Pol­icy, which has been in place since 2008, at Tues­day night’s meet­ing.

From next year un­til 2022, res­i­dents in the city cen­tre will be of­fered a max­i­mum of three free per­mits, with the op­tion to buy a fourth for $100.

From 2023 to 2027, this will be fur­ther re­duced to a max­i­mum of two free with the op­tion to buy a third, and from 2028, it will just be the two for free.

An­other change will see the two dif­fer­ent types of per­mits – res­i­den­tial and vis­i­tor– re­placed with a sin­gle an­nual park­ing per­mit from next year.

How­ever, prop­erty man­agers and trades­peo­ple will still be able to buy one per­mit per area, per year.

“The in­tro­duc­tion and ex­pan­sion of city cen­tre res­i­den­tial ar­eas over a num­ber of years has cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant de­mand for park­ing and sub­se­quently on the num­ber of per­mits is­sued,” Mr Hunt said.

“The cur­rent num­ber of five free per­mits avail­able to city cen­tre res­i­dents does not of­fer any en­cour­age­ment for them to make op­ti­mum use of the park­ing they have avail­able on their own prop­erty.”

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