Council’s Parking Management Policy formalises a process and set of procedures and guidelines for Council officers to follow when responding to requests for parking restrictions and other parking measures. This policy was originally adopted in 2011 and was revised in 2020.
The main purpose of the policy is to provide a transparent mechanism for:
- Apportioning kerbside parking bays in areas of high demand to benefit residents, businesses, and users with a disability.
- Providing equitable access to on-street and off-street parking bays
- Encouraging the use of sustainable transport
- Managing traffic flow in the municipality
- Categorising parking bay locations according to user priority, and
- Formalising current Council Transport Unit practices.
At the March 2019 Council meeting, Council adopted the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS) and Parking Implementation Plan 2019, which made a number of changes to parking in Merri-bek.
Some changes to the Parking Management Policy were made at this time, to come into effect on 1 July 2019. These changes include:
- Creating two new types of parking permits, a Service permit and a User-pays permit
- The Service permit allows residents who are ineligible for visitor permits (living in properties subdivided after August 2011) to obtain short-term permits for tradespeople, removalists and other people providing a service at their property
- The Moreland user pays permit allows all-day parking for people who are ineligible for resident permits, at a higher price which manages demand in order to prioritise access for eligible residents and other priority users.
- Expanding 50 per cent concession discounts to apply to all residential and visitor permits, and for all Centrelink and Department of Veterans Affairs card holders
- Introducing a daily cap on the price of paid parking ($10 per day in 2019-20)
- Providing greater clarity on decision making where decision under this policy are appealed
- Temporarily providing greater appeal rights during the first two years of MITS implementation
Implementation of MITS
At the June 2019 Council meeting, Council adopted a number of further temporary measures to help the community transition to the changes to parking being implemented through MITS. These measures will apply until 30 June 2022 and are designed to achieve a smoother and fairer transition.
Until 30 June 2022, the temporary measures will:
- Increase the number of resident parking permits allowed per eligible household by one, where the household is experiencing transition due to new parking restrictions introduced through MITS 2019
- Increase the number of business parking permits allowed per business to five, where the business is experiencing transition due to new parking restrictions introduced through MITS 2019
- Allow all-day paid parking even where no parking metres are located through a temporary permit ($10 per day in 2019-20)
- Provide greater flexibility for Council to apply parking restrictions that reflect the local context.