A new vision for parking and transport in Darebin

Darebin’s population is set to grow by 40 per cent in the next 20 years. We’re planning for our growing city by assessing how we use our streets for transport and parking now and into the future.

We need to take a strategic approach to parking in Darebin as we continue to address climate change and create a more sustainable, liveable city with a diversified mix of transport options. Our new Parking Strategy will be an ambitious change to Council’s current parking management strategy and support Darebin’s vision to be ‘A greener, bolder and more connected city.’


We are in the early stages of developing a Parking Strategy

From late November 2018 to 17 February 2019 we undertook engagement to understand what is important to our community. We were keen to understand how to balance competing demands in parking management and the measures required to provide the community with equitable choices between transport options.

The findings from this initial stage of engagement will assist Council to prepare a series of options for parking management changes – Council is intending to seek feedback on these through future community engagement.

*Information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Somali and Vietnamese, via the document library.

Darebin’s population is set to grow by 40 per cent in the next 20 years. We’re planning for our growing city by assessing how we use our streets for transport and parking now and into the future.

We need to take a strategic approach to parking in Darebin as we continue to address climate change and create a more sustainable, liveable city with a diversified mix of transport options. Our new Parking Strategy will be an ambitious change to Council’s current parking management strategy and support Darebin’s vision to be ‘A greener, bolder and more connected city.’


We are in the early stages of developing a Parking Strategy

From late November 2018 to 17 February 2019 we undertook engagement to understand what is important to our community. We were keen to understand how to balance competing demands in parking management and the measures required to provide the community with equitable choices between transport options.

The findings from this initial stage of engagement will assist Council to prepare a series of options for parking management changes – Council is intending to seek feedback on these through future community engagement.

*Information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Somali and Vietnamese, via the document library.

  • Thanks for your feedback!

    about 1 month ago
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    Thanks to everyone who has participated and had their say to help inform the Darebin Parking Strategy. Through online surveys, community pop-ups, focus groups, workshops and interviews, we've heard from over 1,000 community members.

    This initial stage of engagement has now closed and a key engagement findings report will be available mid-April. The findings from this engagement will assist Council to prepare a series of options for parking management changes.

    Council is intending to seek feedback on these options, in the form of a draft Parking Strategy, through future community engagement planned for mid-2019. The Parking Strategy will begin to be implemented in late-2019 and be informed by technical studies and insights from community members.

    Thanks to everyone who has participated and had their say to help inform the Darebin Parking Strategy. Through online surveys, community pop-ups, focus groups, workshops and interviews, we've heard from over 1,000 community members.

    This initial stage of engagement has now closed and a key engagement findings report will be available mid-April. The findings from this engagement will assist Council to prepare a series of options for parking management changes.

    Council is intending to seek feedback on these options, in the form of a draft Parking Strategy, through future community engagement planned for mid-2019. The Parking Strategy will begin to be implemented in late-2019 and be informed by technical studies and insights from community members.
  • What we've heard

    about 2 months ago
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    For the past 8-weeks we’ve been listening to your ideas to understand how we can best balance competing demands in parking management.

    Over 500 people have told us their ideas through the online survey, and at pop-ups, small discussion groups and interviews. We've heard from a range of people across Darebin - people that live, work, study and visit our municipality. Here's a summary of the key findings to date:

    • Over the past month, approximately 61 per cent of people have told us that they have mostly travelled by car in and through Darebin
    • From a list of...

    For the past 8-weeks we’ve been listening to your ideas to understand how we can best balance competing demands in parking management.

    Over 500 people have told us their ideas through the online survey, and at pop-ups, small discussion groups and interviews. We've heard from a range of people across Darebin - people that live, work, study and visit our municipality. Here's a summary of the key findings to date:

    • Over the past month, approximately 61 per cent of people have told us that they have mostly travelled by car in and through Darebin
    • From a list of nine options, respondents most highly value safer pedestrian crossings as a use of street space


    Theme 1 – Areas with high demand for parking

    • Approximately 42 per cent of people support introducing time restrictions and priced parking around some railway stations and activity centres to improve parking availability for residents, businesses and commuters.
    • Approximately 64 per cent of respondents support the introduction of time restrictions and re-purposing parking spaces for pedestrian crossings, tree planting and other improvements close to schools in areas of high demand.


    Theme 2 – Activity centres such as local neighbourhood shopping strips and shopping malls

    • Just under half (48 per cent) support the introduction of parking fees in some locations where parking is often full to improve the usage of existing parking.
    • Approximately 57 per cent of respondents support converting some on-street parking spaces to other uses to make our shopping areas more attractive, vibrant and visited places.
    • Approximately 63 per cent would like to see a conversion of some on-street parking spaces to make it easier to access activity centres using other modes of transport.


    Theme 3 – Residential areas

    • Approximately 45 per cent of respondents support introducing parking restrictions in residential areas of Darebin rather than on individual streets.
    • Similarly, 45 per cent would like to see new dwellings provide car share and bicycle parking and are not be required to have a minimum number of parking spaces.
    • Approximately half of the respondents do not support an increase in parking permit fees for residents to reflect the limited space available on our streets.


    Have you got something you’d like to tell us about parking?

  • Community Workshop

    2 months ago
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    At the end of the engagement period we're hosting a Community Workshop. At the workshop participants will hear about the findings from the engagement and use them to refine the solutions to parking management in Darebin. We encourage people to bring their energy, passion and experience and be ready to work with the different communities that live, work, study and visit Darebin.

    The workshop will be held in Preston on Tuesday, 12 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please register you interest to attend here.

    At the end of the engagement period we're hosting a Community Workshop. At the workshop participants will hear about the findings from the engagement and use them to refine the solutions to parking management in Darebin. We encourage people to bring their energy, passion and experience and be ready to work with the different communities that live, work, study and visit Darebin.

    The workshop will be held in Preston on Tuesday, 12 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please register you interest to attend here.

  • San Francisco’s Parklet Program

    2 months ago
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    In developing our Parking Strategy, we're looking around the world for new ideas in parking management. San Francisco has been a leader in managing parking, using new technologies and re-purposing parking spaces in creative ways.

    San Francisco’s Parklet Program, part of the larger Pavement to Parks Program, repurposes underutilized street space into neighborhood amenities.

    By converting one or two parking spots into public space, parklets extend the sidewalk and provide enhancements like seating, landscaping, bike parking, and art. Since the initial parklet’s creation in 2010, San Francisco has installed 38 parklets across the city. Read more about the program here...

    In developing our Parking Strategy, we're looking around the world for new ideas in parking management. San Francisco has been a leader in managing parking, using new technologies and re-purposing parking spaces in creative ways.

    San Francisco’s Parklet Program, part of the larger Pavement to Parks Program, repurposes underutilized street space into neighborhood amenities.

    By converting one or two parking spots into public space, parklets extend the sidewalk and provide enhancements like seating, landscaping, bike parking, and art. Since the initial parklet’s creation in 2010, San Francisco has installed 38 parklets across the city. Read more about the program here.


  • What we've heard so far

    3 months ago
    Darebin news

    Since late November we’ve been listening to your ideas on how parking can be managed in the future and the transport choices for our community.

    We’ve ‘popped-up’ to speak with people in Preston and Reservoir, invited people to participate online, briefed our Young Citizens Jury and some of our Community Advisory Committees and held a small discussion group.

    To date, over 100 people have completed the survey online; just over half of these are residents of Darebin who live in Northcote, Preston and Reservoir. Over the past month people have told us that they mostly travelled by car in and...

    Since late November we’ve been listening to your ideas on how parking can be managed in the future and the transport choices for our community.

    We’ve ‘popped-up’ to speak with people in Preston and Reservoir, invited people to participate online, briefed our Young Citizens Jury and some of our Community Advisory Committees and held a small discussion group.

    To date, over 100 people have completed the survey online; just over half of these are residents of Darebin who live in Northcote, Preston and Reservoir. Over the past month people have told us that they mostly travelled by car in and through Darebin because of its convenience and speed for those journeys. In the survey, we have asked people to tell us what use of street space they value from a list of nine options.

    People’s top three values are:

    1. Safer pedestrian crossings

    2. More street trees and greenery

    3. More tram and bus priority lanes


    In the survey, we are asking people to indicate their level of support for eight scenarios focusing on areas with high demand, activity centres and residential areas.

    • Over half of the survey respondents support the introduction of time restrictions and re-purposing parking spaces for pedestrian crossings, tree planting and other improvements close to schools in areas of high demand. Respondents have said they would like to see safer streets and prioritise pedestrians, particularly around schools.
    • Generally, people support converting some on-street parking spaces to other uses to make our shopping areas more attractive, vibrant and visited places. Respondents said that Darebin’s streets should be for people, not just cars, and that this scenario would encourage people to spend more time in the area.
    • Half of the survey respondents support introducing parking restrictions in residential areas of Darebin rather than on individual streets. However, some respondents were concerned with applying a blanket approach to parking restrictions.


    Have you got something you’d like to tell us about parking?