Ballarat City Council has voted to adopt the Smarter Parking Plan but with a changed pricing structure.
The plan also details a criteria for signage to restrict car parking in residential precincts to deliver a balance between resident access to these areas close to the CBD and the all-day worker.
Residents will receive one free parking permit per household, with the option of a second one subject to strict criteria. A third permit may be considered in exceptional circumstances and would cost $100 annually.
There will also be a modest extension to the current paid parking network but with a revised fee regime of:
On-street paid areas in zone one – first hour free and $3 per hour thereafter
Off-street paid areas in zone one – all day parking at $6.50 per day
New parking meters would be installed with number plate recognition and credit card technology, along with number plate recognition enforcement vehicles subject to budget consideration.
An advocacy and action plan for enhanced public transport, park and ride options and sustainable transport initiatives would also be developed for consideration by Council in June 2019.
City of Ballarat Chief Executive Officer Justine Linley has also been authorised to liaise with the state government on the delivery, implementation and time frames for the $14 million election promise for the provision of 1000 free car parks within the Ballarat CBD, and to report back to Council.
Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh welcomed the decision and said the Smarter Parking Plan required communication, collaboration and a good relationship with the State Government.
“This plan wouldn’t work without all these elements but this plan will work and it will work well,” Cr McIntosh said.