Community input to inform final Parking Management Plan
  • Tuesday 27 June 2017

Community feedback received during consultation on the draft Parking Management Plan and its associated draft Local Area Parking Plans will play a vital role in finalising the documents.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said he was pleased with the level of community interest throughout the recently completed six-week public display period.

“Thank-you to those who participated in the community consultation sessions and provided their valuable feedback,” Cr Baberowski said.

“At a glance, a number of submissions show strong interest in the critical role an effective public transport system plays and ensuring developers provide enough on-site parking, particularly for staff, where it’s a commercial development.

“Another key concern raised by the community was the need to investigate and introduce parking related smart technology.

“Council aims to investigate and implement a future parking system that includes cost effective smart technology.

“Hi-tech parking infrastructure including sensors, parking apps and smart meters are just some of the innovative technologies council will investigate.

“We know new and emerging smart technology will benefit drivers by making it easier to find a park, to pay and to top up.”

Cr Baberowski said topics such as resident parking permit schemes, verge parking, paid parking locations and school and event parking also received a high volume of community interest.

"From the onset there had been a strong interest and presence online, demonstrating the rise and convenience of social media in addition to the project website,” he said.

Proving to be the most popular method for community feedback and engagement, the project website ‘Have Your Say Sunshine Coast’ received more than 5000 visits and just over 500 submissions completed.

Feedback received during the community consultation period will be used to inform the final Parking Management Plan and its associated 37 Local Area Parking Plans.

It is anticipated that the final Sunshine Coast Council Parking Management Plan 2017 will be presented to council for consideration later this year.