Moreland City Council have announced they will be removing minimum off-street parking requirements for all residential and commercial developments in some locations. These locations are all well serviced by public transport.
This bold change is hoping to achieve a greener and healthier future by reducing car usage. The Council admits that its decision is controversial. Will it mean more people parking on the streets? How will the elderly, disabled and tradespeople who need to use cars fair?
Also of concern is the re-sale value of apartments without car parks. Although a recent development, Bella Apartment Hotel in Southbank, sold quickly and there were 230 apartments and only 28 car parks. Maybe people are slowly realising that cars aren’t essential for inner city living.
Is this plan progressive social engineering or a logistical nightmare? Only time will tell.