For a Better Brisbane

Free parking 2: It’s very expensive

In the Youtube video above, Julie Anne Genter (transport planner, McCormick Rankin Cagney, Auckland), Stuart Donovan (transport engineer at McCormick Rankin Cagney, Auckland) and Tim Hazledine (Professor of Economics and Head of Department at the University of Auckland) explain the problems about parking, and in particular, minimum parking requirements.

Many overseas places feature low-car and no-car developments. The added benefit from the community’s perspective, is a lowering of objectionable traffic, parking and congestion issues. From the developer’s perspective, more residences can be sold and some of the costs of mandatory car park construction can be avoided. For people looking for a place to live, this may mean better affordability, and more chance that people on lower incomes can get a place to live. And for public transport, provided that the service is top class, more riders will use it and the relative costs to run it will go down.

In cases where parking must be provided, it would be worthwhile considering it as a separate, individually saleable add-on, or charged for at market rates.


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June 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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