City-wide Parking Strategy

Three hour parking sign and cars along roadside

On-street parking is a limited resource, often with competing user requirements and demands. Managing these competing demands can be difficult, particularly in a growing inner-urban Council like Unley. Developing a clear and equitable approach to managing on-street parking will make future decision-making easier and provide the community with clarity on why - and how - certain decisions are made.

The city-wide parking strategy will aim to:

  • Provide a holistic,strategic framework to guide Council decision-making about managing on-street parking, including resident and business parking
  • Provide a better balance of parking provisions for residents, businesses, shoppers, commuters and others
  • Maximise the parking provisions already in place and deliver new ones
  • Better manage changes to parking demands over time.

The Strategy will be delivered in two stages:

  • Stage 1 - Development of decision-making principles, established through Shaping Unley community directions (2022)
  • Stage 2 - Development of a parking strategy which supports the decision-making principles, and detailed directions about common parking issues (2023)

Stage 1 of the project is still currently underway.

Shaping Unley

The development of the City-wide Parking Strategy aims to empower the community to suggest and help guide good outcomes through Council’s innovative engagement process, Shaping Unley.

The parking strategy project is the first to trial this new approach, working in partnership with consulting and community engagement company DemocracyCo.

Shaping Unley is a five-step engagement process. The first two steps of the Shaping Unley process are now completed, including:

  • Step 1 - Issues and Ideas, a Your Say engagement held between April-May 2022, which received 373 feedback submissions from 261 individuals. The verbatim comments from the parking survey submissions(PDF, 510KB)  can be found here, and this feedback was provided to the Community Panel to support their discussions.
  • Step 2 - Community Panel Discussions, held between May-June 2022, to review the ideas and issues raised in step 1, by a select panel of 20 diverse residents and businesses.
 

Project Update – April 2022

The Phase 1 Issues and Ideas On-line Forum is now closed and was held between 11 April to 6 May 2022. Local residents and businesses across the City of Unley were encouraged to share their on-street experiences (good and bad) and ideas on how to improve parking management in the City of Unley. Through this consultation Council received 373 community responses, including:

  • 137 submissions to the parking survey
  • 70 submissions to the ideas board 
  • 165 submissions to the map 
  • 1 written submission from Walking SA.


Project Update – May 2022

The first Shaping Unley panel sessions were held in the last week of May and the first two weeks of June 2022.

The responses from the 'Issues and Ideas' Online Forum will be provided to Unley’s first randomly selected Shaping Unley Community Panel of up to 20 residents and businesses (13 residents and 7 businesses) to develop a framework and set of decision-making principles to form the basis of the City-wide Parking Strategy.

 

Project Update - August 2022

Council has commenced the third step - Community Testing of the panel outcomes, including:

  • Parking Ideas – to address and/or overcome the three key parking themes which have been identified as:
    • Parking congestion
    • Parking accessibility and driveway access
    • Road accessibility and narrow streets
  • Parking Decision-making Principles – to inform the development of the City-wide Parking Strategy.
  • Parking Engagement Improvements – to improve the way that Council interacts with the community on parking matters at a hyper local (small section of street), local street, and area-wide perspective.

Please tell us what you think about the ideas, decision-making principles and engagement improvements developed by the Community Panel that have been documented in a Shaping Unley Parking Conversation Guide(PDF, 2MB) .

A community poll on the Shaping Unley Parking Conversation Guide will be open between 3 August and 2 September 2022.

More information on how you can provide your opinion and continue to inform the development of the City-wide Parking Strategy can be found on Council’s Your Say webpage.

 

Frequently asked questions

Why is Council developing a City-Wide Parking Strategy?

On-street parking is a limited resource with often competing user requirements and demands. Managing these competing demands can be difficult, particularly in a growing inner urban Council environment like Unley. Developing a clear, fair and equitable approach to managing on-street parking will make decision-making easier in the future and provide clarity to the community on why and how certain decisions are made.

What is Shaping Unley?

Shaping Unley is a comprehensive engagement process that the Council is trialling to explore complex and polarising policy issues facing the City's community. The city-wide parking strategy is the first topic to use this process.

Shaping Unley aims to establish a positive partnership with the community in developing the city-wide parking strategy by drawing on the community's on-street parking experiences and ideas respectfully and collaboratively.

Find out more about the Shaping Unley process.

Who will be on the Shaping Unley Panel?

The Shaping Unley Panel for the city-wide parking strategy will comprise of 24 Unley residents and businesses (14 residents and 10 businesses). 

The Panel selection process aimed for a randomly selected and diverse representation from the resident and business community. We wanted to hear from people who have concerns about parking, people who don't, people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences from a resident and business perspective.

The Panel members will be learning and sharing together - as they work to develop an over-arching framework and decision-making principles that will form the basis of the city-wide parking strategy.

The Community Panel workshop sessions will be held on the last week of May and in the first two weeks of June 2022.

Who is DemocracyCo?        

DemocracyCo are a local engagement company that specialises in collaborative and deliberative engagement. DemocracyCo believe that together we make better decisions. They create opportunities for all people to participate in solving the complex problems of our time by designing and delivering deliberative engagement processes. DemocracyCo have been supporting the City of Unley in the development of their Shaping Unley initiative. 

Who was on the Shaping Unley Panel?

The Shaping Unley Panel for the city-wide parking strategy comprised of up to 20 Unley residents and businesses (13 residents and 7 businesses). 

The Panel selection process aimed for a randomly selected and diverse representation from the resident and business community. We wanted to hear from people who have concerns about parking, people who don't, people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences from a resident and business perspective.

 

       

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