A Heads Up on Pay for Use Parking Trial

Many of you will have become aware from news reports recently and again this week that the City of Unley is commencing a Pay for Use Parking Trial along the Tram line in the Wayville area.

 

The News reports are correct. We are trialling charging for parking adjacent tram stations after previously struggling to help our property owners have parking near their homes for themselves, visitors (friends and family) or for tradies doing work on their properties.

This is a uniquely inner suburban council problem. It is particularly prevalent in our case along and adjacent to Greenhill Road and the Bay Tram. Commuters, to avoid paying parking fees in town opt for free parking in your street and catching the tram for free into town. This is no idle claim either on our part. A recent survey found that over 80% of vehicles parked in these regions are coming from outside the City of Unley.

The trial is aimed at ensuring that commuter parking occurs only in appropriate areas to better enable home owners access to their homes and employees or nearby businesses access to work. This is in other words about Council looking after the interests of their ratepayers without stopping commuters from parking.

With an investment on our part of some $ 70,000 Council was careful in its deliberations. We have determined we will reassess the benefits of the trial in 12 months and then determine if it is achieving our stated aim or not.

A small price to pay I would suggest for commuters at a maximum of $ 4.00 per day. This I trust commuters would prefer to the alternatives available to them paying for the tram or for in town parking.

Time will tell of course.

Building Heights along Greenhill Road the next challenge.

High Rise Development on Greenhill Road facing the south parklands was always expected under the Governments 30 year plan and Unley’s urban corridors DPA that was approved by the minister for planning back in January of last year. But what building heights will be seen when compared to that which was envisaged under the plan.

 

I am of the understanding that an 8 storey mixed use development is proposed for Greenhill Road at Wayville. If that is the case then once again we see the first application received under the new Development Plan testing the limits.

An Informal Referral from DPTI inviting Council’s comments on an 8 Storey Mixed Use (office and serviced apartments) development at 56 Greenhill Road Wayville has been received. Like the recent 7 storey development proposed for Cremorne Plaza on Unley Road the height of this development is outside that permitted in the Unley Development Plan.

The development plan permits 7 storey development along this stretch of Greenhill Road. 8 storeys will obviously push the envelope and this will no doubt attract some intense interest from the public at large.

DPTI I believe aim to table the application at the 24 September 2015 IMDAC (Inner Metropolitan Development Assessment Commission) DAC meeting. The required Category 2 public notification will have to happen shortly for that to be achieved. It may therefore commence as early as late this week for a period of 10 business days.

The application information will be supplied by DPTI for inspection in council’s Civic offices foyer by the public upon commencement of the Category 2 public notification.

It is proposed that elected members will be briefed on the development which is encouraging. There is no compulsion for this so it is appreciated. This will provide an opportunity for your elected representatives to contribute to Council’s comments.

Once the application is available for the public to view I invite you to check it out. Please then contact me if you have any questions that you believe needs to be addressed before the briefing.