Lack of car parking is an economic problem
There is a shortage of car parking in most outer suburban activity centres and at commuter train stations. In Frankston, provision of car parking has not kept pace with development and prevents our economy from functioning efficiently.
Parking ratios that are suitable in inner-city areas like Richmond, which are serviced by a world-class public transport system, are not appropriate in outer suburbs with their less frequent public transport services.
The state government can take action by changing clause 52.06 of the Victoria Planning Provisions to better reflect the parking needs of outer suburbs.
A change in approach to outer suburban car parking will cost the government nothing but will resonate strongly in municipalities struggling under the pressure of Melbourne’s rapid population growth. Complementing this is the principle of allowing residents to park and catch trains at a station near where they live.
Read about Langwarrin and Baxter park and rides on the Frankston rail extension, August 2018