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Developers face parking problems

DEVELOPERS providing more parking than allowed under the Perth Parking Policy can be penalised.

The Perth Parking Policy, gazetted in 1999, is the WA Department of Transport’s attempt to restrict the number of vehicles in the city.

A staff note to council says the WA Govern-ment is unlikely to licence parking for a new development that exceeds policy allowances.

The note says council must ensure parking allocations in a proposed development comply with the policy to minimise developer confusion.

The principles of the policy are:

• Maintaining accessibility through the city

• Permitting short-term parking closer to the shopping core and longer-term parking on the city’s fringes

• Tenant parking to be determined by location and based on site area and priority of the street from which access is gained.

Existing approved parking facilities will not be affected unless they are significantly redeveloped.

Council is to undertake a communication program to ensure developers are aware of the policy’s implications.

Councillor Laurance Goodman said he had been opposed to the policy since it first came before council.

“However, it is a fact and I think it is time some of the anomalies within it are cleaned up,” Mr Goodman said.

“The policy is designed to encourage people to come to Perth on public transport. It would be nice to see more public transport alternatives set up,” he said.

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