More than 4,000 car parking spaces will be added to Ballarat’s CBD parking under a new Action Plan adopted by the Ballarat City Council last night.
The Ballarat Car Parking Action Plan aims to manage parking across the CBD so that it remains safe, affordable and accessible as the city’s population grows.
The Action Plan sets out how to add an additional free 4,367 formal spaces to the Ballarat CBD.
No new ticketed or metered parking spaces will be added to the approximately 4,000 ticketed or metered car spaces presently in the city.
Parking restrictions will be changed to provide more 2-hour parking zones near key retail zones and the growing hospital precinct.
Tree guards will protect the city’s trees, and pedestrian and disability access to parking will be improved.
The Council is asking for Expressions of Interest from private car parking operators as well as parking technology providers.
It will explore transferrable tickets across some city locations as well as free parking for people with disability permits.
The feasibility of providing residential parking permits within the CBD and ‘day permits’ in some locations to support business activities will also be explored.
It is anticipated the Action Plan will be implemented over the next 5 years, with many of the changes that require little investment being implemented in the short term. Others, such as new car parks and new technologies that require significant investment will take longer.
The Car Parking Action Plan aims to manage growth in parking demand as the city’s population grows a third over the next 15 years to a projected 140,000 people. Ballarat services a wider region of 400,000 people and its health and other precincts are developing their services, which is increasing traffic in these areas.
The Action Plan sets out specific actions for individual precincts across the CBD. The CBD was divided into 110 individual precincts with 110 individual action plans developed. Each precinct was reviewed against its current conditions and actions were developed in response to the Council’s consultation and research.
The Action Plan was developed following extensive consultation with residents and the business community. Over 1,200 people responded to the Council’s car parking survey and it conducted an extensive audit of car parking across the CBD. It also investigated different approaches to managing car parking in other cities as well as new phone apps and other technologies being applied to parking management around the world.