The Victorian Government has announced reforms to car parking provisions that will be introduced into planning schemes via a state-wide amendment.
The initiative is designed to improve the planning system, with the aim of providing greater resources and cost efficiency while delivering clarity and certainty through more streamlined and informed decision making.
According to the Property Council of Australia, the key changes to the car parking provisions will include:
- Streamlined provisions.
- Clarification of when a permit is required.
- Simplified opportunities for councils to localise the standard car parking requirements.
- More transparent mapping of areas with special local car parking requirements.
The reform should go a long way to simplify the planning system and allowing for more innovative transport solutions to be achieved in residential and commercial development settings. The new provisions will also enable greater flexibility and innovative solutions such as car sharing schemes in buildings and municipalities, to be realised.
The new provisions reflect the recommendations made in 2011 by an independent Advisory Committee with the input of key public and private stakeholders.