Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy

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Car parking is a critical element of our transport system. People are more likely to visit our town centres if they know they can get a parking space, footpaths are provided and are well maintained, and there are regular bus services.

Getting parking right is an important step in the growth of our town centres. The Parking Strategy provides a long-term strategic plan for the management of parking and transportation across all nine centres. It aims to maximise the use of our existing parking spaces and guide decisions on parking now and in the future.

The Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy was adopted by Council on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Car parking is a critical element of our transport system. People are more likely to visit our town centres if they know they can get a parking space, footpaths are provided and are well maintained, and there are regular bus services.

Getting parking right is an important step in the growth of our town centres. The Parking Strategy provides a long-term strategic plan for the management of parking and transportation across all nine centres. It aims to maximise the use of our existing parking spaces and guide decisions on parking now and in the future.

The Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy was adopted by Council on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

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    Parking on allambee place, Valentine is problematic during working hours for residents of the local area to access the shops, chemist or doctors. Angled parking on both sides of the road would increase capacity, or adding a time restriction to area would ensure that residents can continue to have easy access to the area. Perhaps 15 minutes waiting times for some prime spots could be used. The majority of parking is occupied by people working, blocking the access of residents wishing to access amenities.

    Andrewdeane Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. While the scope of the Parking Strategy does not include neighborhood centres such as Valentine, it's likely that the methodology once developed could be applied to these centres where parking demand exceeds supply.

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    Parking is still a problem in Cardiff. The main off street outside areas (Woolworths/Aldi) and the undercover area always seem to be full. I often wonder where the people actually are, though. Some local businesses use the car parks which I understand have time limits of 2 hours and 4 hours. Are these ever policed?

    Jimbo Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Council officers have been undertaking parking surveys across the City to identify parking occupancy levels. The findings of the surveys will be released later this year.

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    How are shopping centres or any building allowed to be built without proper allocated car spaces for employees. I work at Charlestown square and I am forced to walk 10 minutes to work every morning because the operators of Charlestown Square charge the workers $3 a day to park and to make matters worse our council have put no parking signs in surrounding streets forcing us to pay the fee or walk miles. Why or how is this allowed to happen?

    Eladnara78 Asked over 4 years ago

    Minimum parking requirements for development will be considered in detail in the next stage of the project.

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    Hi It is really hard to get a car park in Cardiff to go shopping. I would love to see more car parking made available Thanks

    margy Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Additional parking supply will be considered as part of the later stages of the project.

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    Morisset parking situation is absolutely disgusting. There is by no, means enough parking for the people who live here now. There are a few estates being built in the area at the moment which will bring even more people with not enough parking or facilities to cater for everyone, I see a lot of arguments in the car parks now on a daily basis and getting worse.

    G.Gavin Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Parking demand and supply issues specific to the Morisset town centre will be investigated in detail in the later stage of this project.

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    Please maintain minimum parking capacity around Lake Macquarie, this will encourage everyone to use there legs, perhaps we could increase the disabled parking numbers. There are lots of car parks availble in America, Please don't follow that example. Lets not forget its good to walk occasionally some say even regularly. Perhaps having to walk 100m to your destination after parking is not really all that terrible Australia.

    moveit Asked over 4 years ago

    The public health and economic implications for additional parking supply will be investigated in detail as the project progresses.

    Thank you for your comments.

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    What is the future plan for Whitebridge? The current carpark plan is substandard, does not cater or handle the traffic and is at times quite dangerous. The entrance is right at the exit of a roundabout and during peak times traffic can file right back into the roundabout. On entering the parking area, there are shrubs etc which block the view for cars leaving the first few spaces. Cars continually parking in the loading zone. A crossing which has the northen end running straight into a car space! This is extremely dangerous as pedestrians do not change direction to walk to the west to continue on the crossing, then back to the shops. There have been many occasions where pedestrians have been nearly hit by cars leaving the parking spaces. This includes cars on Dudley Rd seeing pedestrians entering the crossing from the north as their view is obstructed. With the proposed development right next to the shopping area, it will only be a matter of time before there is a major incident resulting in serious injury. I did notice that this area is not marked on the Parking Strategy interactive mapping tool.

    Scott Henderson Asked over 4 years ago

    Council has no specific plans for parking in Whitebridge at this stage of the project. Solutions for parking issues will be developed in conjunction with the community in the later stages of the project. This includes both enforcement of parking restrictions, and public safety issues.

    Thank you for your comments.


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    I am a resident of Margaret Street Cardiff, and have lived here for 13 years. Being close to the shops and train station means our street is always full. I have occasionally had issues with people parking right on, or across my drive way, but lately it has gotten worse. When I can't get my car out of the drive way because someone has tried to squeeze in and park, and block off my access, it is extremely annoying. Especially when I need to be going somewhere. Is there anything the Council can do to make residents lives easier? We did have white lines painted on the road to indicate a drive way, but they were done years ago and have faded now. As a rate payer, I shouldn't have to be watching who is parking on my street and potentially blocking me off all the time.

    cindidc Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The management of parking, including enforcement is a key component to this Parking Strategy. The specific issues surrounding the Cardiff train station will be investigated in detail in the later stages of the project.

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    Are there plans to improve the Toronto Town Square car park? It's often full/overflowing. A multi-storey car park may be required?

    Blueleader Asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The Toronto Town Square car park is privately owned. Council is unaware of any plans for the site. However, parking across the Toronto town centre is included within the scope of the project and will be investigated in detail.

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    It is hard to find a park at Warners Bay during the week at the back of the main road. Why has a private business allowed to take such a huge part of the carpark.

    sillick79 Asked over 4 years ago

    Hi there

    We can appreciate some of the concerns in Warners Bay. Auscoal own about 45 per cent of the actual car park land on John Street, generally the main entrance lane and car parks south of this entrance.

    In 2015, Council adopted a plan for the area, which included a sunny public plaza with surrounding shops, cafes and apartments, improved walking and bike access to the town centre and foreshore, setback and height controls for future buildings, and car parking. You can read more about our plans here: http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/warnersbay

    Thanks, Kate