Compliance Standards regarding number of Carparks

Principal Petitioner Ailsa Glenis Cowan, Toowong
Date Closed Mon, 08 May 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 6 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of the Right Honourable Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Brisbane the fact that the Toowong centre currently constitutes a traffic bottleneck and experiences parking difficulties, particularly on week days. This is partly because it acts as a park'n'ride hub with people parking in the streets before catching the train to the city. Currently employees driving to work and customers wanting hairdressing services or dental treatments etc are experiencing difficulty finding a park. While Toowong Shopping Centre has been used for these short term needs, it will soon institute paid parking systems, making this option more difficult. In addition the current conformation of the road systems adds to the challenges and makes the consequences of even a small increase in cars on the street quite dire. Therefore we believe that Council should have a very high expectation for provision of onsite carpark spaces for any future construction in this area but conformation to the current standards will not ensure this. In particular we believe the impact of the approval of the plans in their current state, would deny the community the right for certainty in provision for its future parking needs and traffic flows in the neighbourhoods. This would not be consistent with the principles stated in the Toowong Auchenflower Neighbourhood Plan: 2.2 “Development …. does not overburden local transport, infrastructure, public space or community facilities", and for the plans to simply conform to the current standards will not do this.

Petitioners therefore request that the current compliance standards determined by the BCC with regard to levels of onsite parking for both student accommodation and high-rise buildings be dramatically increased to allow for a range of contingencies often unique to particular local areas. We request this as a matter of urgency before any approvals might be determined for plans currently submitted. These plans include A004513330 - 25 Archer Street, A004517712 - 611 Coronation Drive, and A004501512 - 23 High Street.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council review car parking space standards and increase the levels of onsite car parking required for student accommodation and high-rise development in Toowong, to address particular circumstances experienced in Toowong, and to apply these new standards to developments proposed at 25 Archer Street, 611 Coronation Drive and 23 High Street, Toowong.

Your petition was considered by Civic Cabinet at the meeting of 3 October 2017, and I can now respond to you with the following information.

The Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan 2014) guides how land can be used and developed in the city. City Plan 2014’s Transport, Access, Parking and Servicing Planning Scheme Policy (TAPS) set out the car parking rates that apply to development. Under TAPS, less car parking is required in the city centre, parts of the inner city and around high-quality public transport, in recognition of the public and active transport options available in these locations.

The Toowong-Auchenflower neighbourhood plan intends that the Toowong centre precinct contain the greatest intensity and mix of land uses in the neighbourhood plan area to promote a legible centre structure and to support transit-oriented development. Consequently, car parking outcomes that promote public and active transport in this precinct are consistent with the neighbourhood plan’s intent. Residential uses in particular are encouraged to take advantage of the precinct’s public and active transport options.

You may also be aware that Lord Mayor Graham Quirk established an independent Brisbane Parking Taskforce (the Taskforce) in June 2014 to investigate and provide advice on parking issues and management. One of the Taskforce’s recommendations was to “actively encourage and incentivise the expansion of car sharing schemes in Brisbane within off-street carparks in new developments.” Consequently, Council’s recent approval of the 556-room student accommodation development at 25-29 Archer Street (A004513330) on 25 May 2017, provides 58 car parking spaces in total, consisting of 38 visitor car spaces, 20 car sharing spaces and four motorcycle spaces. The reduced car parking numbers were supported on the basis of the site’s proximity to excellent public transport and that the provision of car sharing spaces was conditioned as part of the approval.

The Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 (ShapingSEQ) identifies Toowong as one of the city’s Major regional activity centres. As such, City Plan 2014 must also ensure that Toowong is able to accommodate significant employment and enterprise opportunities and residential development of a scale that complements the city centre.

Significant population growth is generally limited to the inner city and along nine growth corridors (of which the Brisbane-Indooroopilly public transport corridor is one), and is focused away from Brisbane’s leafy, low-density suburbs, and historic neighbourhoods.

Council has used its neighbourhood planning program to work with local communities to determine what this growth will look like in their own neighbourhoods. You may recall some of the consultation that occurred with the development of the Toowong-Auchenflower neighbourhood plan adopted on 7 February 2012. While the development activity currently occurring in the Toowong area, and cited in your petition, generally aligns with the planning intent envisaged in ShapingSEQ and expressed in the neighbourhood plan, Council understands that this growth brings change in the local area.

Thank you for raising this matter.