- Friday 20 November 2015
Regulated parking has been proposed for a section of Sippy Downs, south of the University of the Sunshine Coast, in a bid to alleviate local residents’ concerns about the safety of their streets.
To provide some relief for residents from problems caused by all-day parkers from the nearby university, council will consider the introduction of timed parking that would include a two-hour parking restriction between 8am and 5pm weekdays.
There would be no restrictions on parking in the streets overnight or on weekends.
Residents would be able to apply for a Sippy Downs Regulated Parking Area permit to park on the street during the timed parking period.
It is part of a review of Local Laws currently underway and open for public feedback until November 30.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the changes, if approved, would reduce the attractiveness of parking in the affected streets and was similar to the parking strategy already in place near the TAFE campus at Mountain Creek.
“The proposed changes are in response to a large number of complaints from local residents regarding parking and safety in that part of Sippy Downs,” Cr Dickson said.
“This is a proposal only at this stage and council is seeking the community’s feedback so make sure you have your say.
“If approved, motorists without a residential permit would still be able park for two hours on the street. This would provide parents enough time to park while dropping off and picking up their children from the Chancellor State College.
“While residential parking permits would not necessarily guarantee residents access to a parking space, it would allow them to park contrary to the official time restrictions.
“The permits aim to maintain the amenity in residential streets for current and future residents.
“Residents do not have to purchase a residential parking permit if they do not use the street for parking or do not intend to park there for longer than two hours at a time.
“Of course, they can still park in their garage and driveway at no cost. The permit is an added benefit for residents who may require additional car parking spaces.”
The annual permit will cost $47 – around 90 cents a week - which covers the costs associated with assessing the application and processing a permit.
To review and give feedback on the proposal, go to council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on Local Law Review on the main page and have your say online (click on Subordinate Local Law No.5 (Parking) 2011) or download a form to mail into council.
The online submission form can also be found here -www.surveymonkey.com/r/LocalLawReview2015.
Image: Map showing proposed Sippy Downs Regulated Parking Area