Residents have spoken - City starts to address parking woes

1 November 2018

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate yesterday announced the first changes to roll out of Council’s city-wide parking review.

Full Council endorsed proposed changes to the Traffic Area and Parking Permit Scheme (TAPPS) addressing community concerns.

Mayor Tate said the updated scheme would address parking controls required in certain areas to maintain amenity and ensure residents and their visitors have access to on-street parking. 

“We will be introducing a new permit for carers, so registered in-home care providers can park on-street in timed parking restriction areas for as long as required to perform their health care services,” he said. 

“Carers perform a valuable role within our communities and we recognise the need for a permit category to be available to them. 

“We’ve heard community concerns with criteria around multi-unit developments. We have increased the 20-unit cap to a 30-unit cap for residential parking permits within the Southport and Central Traffic Areas.

"I will continue to work with officers to make parking around the coast easier to understand and access.” 

Traffic areas have been reviewed to ensure they reflect current and future parking demands of the areas with some residents frustrated at being unable to access their streets due to long-stay visitors using their street as a parking lot.

Boundaries for the Southport and Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct areas have been reduced while Robina Stadium (event days only) and the Southern Traffic Area in Bilinga have been expanded.

All other traffic areas remain the same. Residents with existing permits do not need to reapply.

Mayor Tate said the TAPPS review was one of many changes coming to city parking.

Parking changes associated with this stage of the TAPPS review are anticipated to take effect from mid-2019, with a review of the City’s Parking Plan scheduled for mid-late 2020. 

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