May 30, 2012

Streets To Become Car-Parks Under New Baillieu Plan

The Baillieu Government’s decision to halve the amount of car-parking spaces required for developments will clog up suburban streets and increase the time commuters spend in traffic, Shadow Minister for Planning Brian Tee said today.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has released new conditions that, in almost every category, cut the amount of car spaces required for new developments such as apartments, restaurants, shops and gaming premises.

“The only winners from the Minister’s decision to slash car-park spaces are developers,” Mr Tee said.

“These new conditions will impact many Victorians, who will be faced with congested streets and longer commuting times.

“These changes make no sense – Mr Guy appears to be putting the wants of developers ahead of the needs of families.”

Mr Tee said any claims by Mr Guy that fewer car-parks would encourage people to start using other forms of transport were nonsense.

“The Minister can’t justify this short-sighted decision by saying it will encourage people to stop using their car when the Baillieu Government has slashed funding to improve rail, tram and bike infrastructure,” he said.

“Unless the Baillieu Government plans to offset this reduction in parking spaces with an increased investment in alternative means of transport, suburban streets will turn into car-parks.”

Summary of changes

DEVELOPMENT TYPE EXISTING REGULATIONS NEW REGULATIONS ACTIVITY CENTRES
Amusement parlour 8 per 100sqm 4 per 100sqm 3.5 per 100sqm
Art and Craft Centre 8 per 100sqm 4 per 100sqm 3.5 per 100sqm
Betting Agency 8 per 100sqm 4 per 100sqm 3.5 per 100sqm
 Convenience Restaurant 0.6 per seat 0.3 to  person permitted 3.5 per 100sqm
Convenience Shop smaller than 80sqm 8 per 100sqm 0.3 per patron 3.5 per 100sqm
Dwelling  2 per dwelling  1 for ea 1/2 bedroom dwelling  
    2 for  3+ bedroom dwelling  
    1 for visitors  to every 5 dwellings 1 for ea 1/2 bedroom dwelling
      2 for  3+ bedroom dwelling
Food and Drink premises 8 per 100sqm 4 for each 100 sqm 3.5 for each 100 sqm
Gambling premises 8 per 100sqm 0.4 per person permitted 3.5 for each 100sqm
Home occupation 2 1 0
Hotel  60 to ea 100sqm of bar space plus 30 for ea sqm of lounge 0.4 per patron 3.5 ea 100sqm
Restaurant 0.6 per patron 0.4 per patron 3.5 ea 100sqm
Restricted retail 8 per 100sqm 3 ea 100sqm 2.5 ea 100sqm
Shop 8 per 100sqm 4 ea 100sqm 3.5 ea 100sqm
Supermarket 8 per 100sqm 5 ea 100sqm 5 ea 100sqm
Tavern 60 to ea 100sqm of bar space plus 30 for ea sqm of lounge 0.4 per patron 3.5 ea 100sqm