Monthly Archives: July 2011

Parking FAQ

The following is a unofficial collection of some frequently asked question.

For the official story, visit Resident & Business Parking Permits and
Resident Parking Permit FAQs.

What will council do for residents to help with parking problems?

The only solution on offer in Alexandria is Residents Parking.

What does Resident Parking mean?

It means that in streets that ‘vote’ for Resident Parking,  non-residents will be limited in how long they can park – most likely to two hours.

How many Resident Parking permits can I get?

If you have 1 car, 1 permit per household.  If you have 2 or more cars, 2 permits.

BUT, if you have off-street parking,  that reduces your right to resident parking. For example, if you have one car park and one car, you are not entitled to a permit. If you have one car park and two+ cars, you are only entitled to one permit.

Also, residents of multi-unit developments approved after 8 May 1996 are not eligible for resident parking.

What about Visitor Parking?

Council offers Visitor Parking in some suburbs, but not in Alexandria.

And no, this isn’t fair or reasonable.

Why don’t builders put enough parking spaces into new buildings?

Because council won’t let them. The idea is that if you don’t let people have a parking space, they’ll decide that they don’t need cars. So far, there doesn’t seem to be much evidence to support this theory, but why let that get in the way.

What if I get rid of my ‘on site’ parking space?

Then you are entitled to a resident parking permit.  But you have to officially make it unusable, for eg, pay Council to remove your driveway and brick up the entrance.

Who determines which streets get Resident Parking?

Council will make a recommendation to each street that it thinks would benefit from Resident Parking. It’s then up to the individual residents of that street to let Council know what they want – Council will generally go with the majority opinion. Be warned that if the street next to you gets Resident Parking, and your street doesn’t, you will see a sudden spike in non-resident parking in your street.

An open letter to Sydney of City Councillors

Dear Sydney of City Councillors

I am writing on behalf of the members of the Alexandria Residents Action Group to advise you that we regard the resident parking scheme as described by the Sydney of City’s parking officers to be at best, a stop gap measure to alleviate the very real problems we are experiencing as a result of the influx of parking by workers from Australian Technology Park.

We seek parking arrangements that meet the needs of our residents (whether or not they own a car) and arrangements that will accommodate parking for family and other visitors including community services such as Meals on Wheels and Community Nursing, trades people, delivery services and builders undertaking renovations.

The upcoming parking study by Sydney of City Council will only serve to offer residents solutions within the current parking policy framework, and is not considered to be comprehensive enough to meet our needs.

We believe that a more comprehensive survey of the entire Alexandria Local Government Area is required to develop a traffic and parking management plan that addresses the broader issues impacting Alexandria which include the developments at Australian Technology Park (existing and proposed) and the impacts of major developments such as the Ashmore Estate.

We urge you to listen to our very real concerns and do everything in your power to offer flexible comprehensive solutions – starting with the initiation of study to develop a parking and traffic management.

Background

Since 2008, residents close to Australian Technology Park have been coping with the pressure of employees using our streets for parking, while the ATP’s parking lot which can accommodate over 250 vehicles, remains locked and empty.

The management of ATP commissioned a parking survey which was released in a community ‘consultation’ in August 2010. The study recommended the introduction of resident parking and increasing the available parking in some streets by introducing angled parking.

These recommendations and the scope of the survey are totally unacceptable as they did nothing to address the root cause of the problem or accept any responsibility by the ATP to make any changes to alleviate the problems caused by their tenants.

The Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority have been asked by the State Government to investigate potential uses for the remaining land available at ATP. As we believe there is no planned increase to the onsite parking arrangements, any proposed additions will exacerbate an already unacceptable situation for residents.

Sincerely

Gary Speechley
Co-Chairman of Alexandria Residents Action Group

Meeting with Deputy Lord Mayor Marcelle Hoff

ARAG met with Deputy Lord Mayor Marcelle Hoff in order to to introduce ARAG and to communicate the most pressing issues affecting the Alexandria community:

  1. Parking – especially around the Australian Technology Park (‘ATP’)
  2. Development issues – especially Ashmore Estate
  3. Traffic and Public transport
  4. Australian Technology Park lighting

We went through the attached Presentation