Meanwhile, in Townsville, the City Council has won a battle with the State Government to force developers to allocate more car parking spaces for multi-unit developments.
According to the Townsville Bulletin, the council has approved amendments to the city’s planning scheme to require new developments to provide two car spaces for units of two bedrooms or larger on any new multi-unit development in the city.
The changes also require one parking space for every five dwellings in any development on the mainland and one dedicated car washing bay for all developments.
The changes were sought following complaints about the number of multiple dwelling residents utilising the roadway for long-term resident parking. Council claims that the residents of Townsville are more likely to need a car to commute than people in southeast Queensland, blaming a poor public transport system and high private vehicle ownership rates.