Citywide Parking Scheme - Parking Strategic Plan 2022

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Stage Two of Community Consultation on Citywide Parking Scheme: Public exhibition of Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022

The Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022 is an update of the 2018 Citywide Parking Strategic Plan to align with the Community Strategic Plan 2035, developed in consultation with the community. It has also been informed by the Blue Mountains Integrated Transport Strategic Plan, the Blue Mountains Visitor Infrastructure Investment Strategic Plan (VIISP), and Council’s adopted and draft Town and Village Masterplans.

The update aligns transport planning for our City with our planetary health, sustainability and resilience objectives in light of the recent and future challenges posed by climate change and anticipated increase in visitation following international COVID-10 lockdowns.

The purpose of this Strategy is to:

  1. Provide a strategic framework to improve traffic and transport functionality across the city, including a pay parking scheme that manages traffic demand and congestion whilst providing revenue for visitor and resident infrastructure.
  2. Guide the progressive improvement of knowledge about of transport trends and implement strategies to improve planetary health through better transport options for visitors and residents.
  3. Enable and guide ongoing community and stakeholder engagement during the ongoing staged implementation of parking management in the City.
  4. Provide a framework for the staged implementation of a Parking Precincts Plan (PPP) for priority visitor destinations within the City. A list of Priority Precincts included in the draft strategy, will be reviewed in the light of submissions to this strategy and ongoing community engagement.

Read the Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022

Submissions on the Draft Parking Strategic Plan closed on 20 January 2023.

Feedback received during this stage of consultation, as well as feedback received during stage one, will be reported to the elected Council in February 2023 and a decision will then be made on whether to endorse the Citywide Parking Scheme.

Stage Two of Community Consultation on Citywide Parking Scheme: Public exhibition of Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022

The Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022 is an update of the 2018 Citywide Parking Strategic Plan to align with the Community Strategic Plan 2035, developed in consultation with the community. It has also been informed by the Blue Mountains Integrated Transport Strategic Plan, the Blue Mountains Visitor Infrastructure Investment Strategic Plan (VIISP), and Council’s adopted and draft Town and Village Masterplans.

The update aligns transport planning for our City with our planetary health, sustainability and resilience objectives in light of the recent and future challenges posed by climate change and anticipated increase in visitation following international COVID-10 lockdowns.

The purpose of this Strategy is to:

  1. Provide a strategic framework to improve traffic and transport functionality across the city, including a pay parking scheme that manages traffic demand and congestion whilst providing revenue for visitor and resident infrastructure.
  2. Guide the progressive improvement of knowledge about of transport trends and implement strategies to improve planetary health through better transport options for visitors and residents.
  3. Enable and guide ongoing community and stakeholder engagement during the ongoing staged implementation of parking management in the City.
  4. Provide a framework for the staged implementation of a Parking Precincts Plan (PPP) for priority visitor destinations within the City. A list of Priority Precincts included in the draft strategy, will be reviewed in the light of submissions to this strategy and ongoing community engagement.

Read the Draft Parking Strategic Plan 2022

Submissions on the Draft Parking Strategic Plan closed on 20 January 2023.

Feedback received during this stage of consultation, as well as feedback received during stage one, will be reported to the elected Council in February 2023 and a decision will then be made on whether to endorse the Citywide Parking Scheme.

  • Citywide Parking Scheme - Phase 1 Community Consultation

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    Over the past three years the Blue Mountains has experienced four natural disasters which have left a damage bill of more than $400 million. This includes damage to almost one-third of our road network and 66 landslides.

    Ageing infrastructure in the Blue Mountains was not built to withstand the effects of climate change and so we do need to build it back better, so that it can withstand future natural disasters.

    Council has made significant improvements to its financial situation over the past 10 years but given the challenges going forward, we need to find ways to provide other income streams for the City without burdening our ratepayers.

    A Citywide Parking Scheme, where visitors to the City pay to park, would help generate the income we need. It would also help fund the critically-required renewal of services, facilities and infrastructure including repair of the road network in the Blue Mountains.

    Visitor Paid Parking Schemes are very common. Currently, 45 suburbs in Sydney have Citywide Parking Schemes.

    Residents, or people that run businesses or work in the Blue Mountains, would not have to pay for parking. Only visitors would pay to park in these spaces.

    You can get more information by reading our Frequently Asked Questions.

    The first phase of consultation closed on 21 November 2022. The results will be reported to the Council in February 2023.

Page last updated: 22 Jan 2023, 02:18 PM