Cuts to car parking allowances in residential developments


We
noted two instances this week of development applications in Sydney and
Melbourne being lodged without any provision for car spaces, highlighting the
increasing attitude by Councils that car ownership is a luxury, not a
necessity.

According
to an article in the Australian Financial Review on October 5th, research by
the City of Sydney Council found that one in three household across the entire its
local government area do not have cars – including suburbs such as Glebe,
Rosebery and Rushcutters Bay. In the CBD, only 11 per cent of households had
two or more cars.

The
new City of Sydney draft local environment plan slashes the maximum car allowance
in the CBD from two car spaces per two-bedroom unit, to 41 car spaces for a
100-unit development comprising 70 one-bedroom apartments and studios and 30
apartments with two/three bedrooms.

Making
up for reduced parking, developers are required to provide car-share spaces for
car hire companies, and a floor space bonus for dedicated bike storage and
change rooms, and counting reduced parking spaces towards a higher green-star
rating.

In
Sydney, a developer has lodged an application to build a block of 27 apartments
with no parking for residents or visitors. The Oakland Property Group believes
that eliminating all car parking would cut the cost of the apartments by about
$70,000, making it affordable for young people to move into an area that would
otherwise be out of their price range.

Meanwhile
in Melbourne, the developer First Delta Group is now building up to 40 per cent
of its apartments without any car parking, claiming that it makes the
apartments up to $60,000 cheaper.

We
are curious to know what impact this kind of movement will have on the road
system for those people who still feel that they can’t live without their car.

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