Reference Group to guide Parking Management Plan

Reference Group to guide Parking Management Plan

Horsham Rural City Council is developing a Parking Management Plan for the central activity district and surrounding areas.

The key aims for this plan are to:

  • Develop some guiding principles for the management of parking within the retail core area and review and identify the appropriate time restrictions and their locations.
  • Develop policy relating to the management of parking permits including permits for special events, organisations with special parking needs and in residential areas where needed.
  • Identify appropriate locations of different types of parking (e.g.accessible, long vehicle, loading bays etc.)

Council is establishing a representative reference group from key sectors such as retail and business, sport and recreation, mobility groups and the older community to assist in the identification of issues around car parking in Horsham.

This initial phase of the project will be to get an understanding of work undertaken previously and then to use the expertise of the reference group to build on that knowledge base.

The reference group will meet later this month and through to early September. Council plans to engage with the community in later in the year after this initial phase is completed.

Director, Communities and Place Kevin O’Brien said it was important that Council managed its parking to support retailers and business as well as providing access to the customers and regular visitors to the city.

“This project is not about the urban design of car parking spaces, it is about ensuring that we provide the appropriate time restrictions in the right locations to ensure that the community is able to shop, visit, do business, have meals and attend facilities in Horsham in a convenient and accessible way,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We also need to ensure there is an appropriate turn over (churn) of car spaces to support retail and other businesses.”

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