Council seeks comment on Queanbeyan CBD Car Parking Strategy

Published on 20 July 2018

Aerial view of Queanbeyan car parks

Key points

  • Strategy recommends an increase of car spaces in the CBD – from 402 timed and 781 untimed to 705 timed and 768 untimed spaces
  • Construction of multistorey, smart carparks at the Morisset and Crawford St car parks – providing up to 720 spaces
  • Works staged over 10+ years in line with the CBD transformation strategy
  • Funded from loans, rates and grants
  • Priority given to short-term, high turnover carparks
  • Long-term, untimed carparks on perimeter of CBD

The development of multistorey, smart carparks in the Queanbeyan CBD are the key feature of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s draft Car Parking Strategy that has been released for public comment.

The draft Strategy recommends the development of decked car parks in the Morisset and Crawford St car parks, catering for up to 720 car parking spaces, up from the current 361 potential spaces. In total, the Car Parking Strategy includes a potential 1,473 car parks across the CBD, up from the current 1,183.

In line with Council’s recent proposals to stage the transformation of the CBD, part of some car parks will be recycled into new smart public domain and laneways, enabling pedestrian connection to the car parks and connections across the CBD between the parks and river.

“The intention of the draft Car Parking Strategy is to aggregate our commercial car parking spaces into the Morisset and Crawford St carpark areas, allowing for our other car parking precincts to be used in those alternate ways,” Council’s CEO, Mr Peter Tegart said.

“Many people will say that Queanbeyan has a shortage of car parks at the moment. The draft Strategy shows that, if managed appropriately, car spaces are more than adequate. By moving long-term car parks to the perimeter of the CBD and prioritising short stay, high turnover parking closer to the shopping precinct, we will see a much better utilisation of our car parks, and people walking past shops and cafes for their work or recreation.

“Queanbeyan holds the notion of free parking very close to its heart and while paid parking is discussed in the draft Strategy it is not being considered at this stage.

“The recommendations in the draft Strategy come at a cost, with a range of loan, rate and grant funding options presented for consideration. Along with this, Council will consider the revision of the Car Parking Development Control Plan to accommodate additional uses for car parks, and revise the car parking contributions plan to recognise the benchmark cost of car parks and establish a policy position to discount the rate per car space to incentivise investment, if appropriate.”

The recommendations of the draft Car Parking Strategy broadly align with those identified in the 2009 CBD Masterplan, 2015 Cinema and Carparking Strategy and 2017 QCBD Transformation Strategy.

Council considered it important to have this Strategy publicly available, for the community to consider alongside the review of the CBD masterplan that is expected to be discussed at the community level in coming months.

The Queanbeyan Car Parking Strategy is on public exhibition from Friday 20 August until Monday 20 August 2018 and can be viewed online at yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au or hard copies are available from Council’s Queanbeyan customer service centre or Queanbeyan Library.