Parking woes could be thing of the past with new proposal

WHILE some city's futures include skyscrapers and flying cars, the Rose City's includes the introduction of parking meters, multi-level car parks and an increase in time-regulative parking.

These changes will be put in place some time in the near future if the Southern Downs Regional Council adopts the recommendations from a study performed last year of the city's car park situation.

The council hired Osborn Lane Consulting Engineers, who conducted the study in June last year, to determine how many of the city's car parks were and were not used.

The group presented their findings to the council in November last year but as no decision was made the report will be put to the councillors tomorrow during the first council meeting of 2013.

Director of engineering services Peter See said the study found the current car parks provided a reasonable level of parking.

"However, it is apparent that on-street parking in the CBD is close to capacity during trading hours and that future planning to enhance the capacity and quality of the two council CBD off-street car parks necessary," Mr See said.

This would involve investigating the construction of a car park on the vacant block of land on the corner of Albion and Fitzroy Sts.

The study also suggested the construction of a multi-level car park in Acacia Ave.

"It would provide additional capacity for predicted future long-term growth," Mr See said.

"Consideration of the impact on CBD parking of new reliant and dispersive developments is required.

"It is essential that future parking planning is carried out so that the vision of an exciting and attractive hub to the community is achieved in hand with safe and well-designed parking facilities."

Key observations from the study found the CBD streets had a high occupancy.

Carparks along Palmerin and Grafton Sts had 100% occupancy around midday.

During the same meeting the council will make a similar decision on the car parking situation in Stanthorpe.

The study found on-street parking in this part of the region was also close to capacity.

Construction of new car parks on Creek and Rogers Sts and Cook and Rogers Sts has been suggested.

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