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Extension of St Lucia (University of QLD) Resident Parking Permit Area

Principal Petitioner Mitchell Potts, St Lucia
Date Closed Wed, 27 Jun 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 7 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the high occupancy of limited daytime on-street parking spaces on the section of Ryans Road located to the north of Sir Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia. This also impacts residents of 36 Jerdanefield Road, which has a frontage onto Ryans Road. Residents note that a large and increasing proportion of spaces are being occupied by non-residents, believed to be students and staff from the University of Queensland. This is attributable to.

1. A scarcity of parking on the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.

2. The corner of Ryans Road and Hiron Street presently being the edge of the St Lucia Residential Permit Parking Area, and therefore the nearest point to the university campus not subject to time-limited parking restrictions for non-residents.

3. A bus stop with regular public transport access to the university campus located nearby on Sir Fred Schonell Drive. Consequent lack of on-street  parking impacts on the amenity of local residents by preventing residents and visitors from accessing on-street parking when required.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council extend the St Lucia Residential Permit Parking Area to include the area of Ryans Road located to the north of Sir Fred Schonell Drive, inclusive of 36 Jerdanefield Road, St Lucia.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council extend the St Lucia Residential Parking Permit Area (SLRPPA).

St Lucia is covered by either the St Lucia Traffic Area or SLRPPA. These areas allow residents to obtain a residential parking permit for parking in their respective parking/traffic areas where permitted by local signage or where no parking signage is present.

Your request to extend the SLRPPA has been noted. Council is aware that growth of the University of Queensland has contributed to increased demand for on-street parking. As per the eligibility criteria for Residential Parking Permit Schemes (RPPS), on-street parking capacity must be utilised at a rate higher than 80%, and be sustained for the duration between 10am to 3pm on weekdays. Preliminary investigations undertaken as a result of this petition demonstrate that over the last two years, the use of on-street parking resources is higher on weekends than on weekdays, indicating that the vehicles in question belong to residents from the area. Accordingly, extending the SLRPPA or creating a new RPPS area would have little to no effect as the on-street parking congestion is being caused by the number of residential vehicles from the immediate area.

Additionally, the RPPS guidelines for eligibility criteria require the property zoning for the area being considered to be Low density residential or Character residential. A review of Council records confirmed that 36 Jerdanefield Road, St Lucia, is zoned as High density residential and is therefore ineligible for any RPPS permits.

It is acknowledged that on-street parking may not be readily available at specific residential locations at times. However, the on-street parking within any given street is a community asset to be used by all, residents and other motorists alike. Council will continue to monitor this fringe area for on-street parking saturation levels with a view to beginning a new RPPS study in the future, if required. While the petitioners’ concerns have been noted, as stated above, the apartment complex does not qualify due to its zoning and, as such, would not be considered for resident parking permits in any proposed extension of the RPPS in this area.

Thank you for raising this matter.