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.”