City of Melville not worried visitor parking at new McGregor Road apartment development in Palmyra

City of Melville not worried visitor parking at new McGregor Road apartment development in Palmyra

THE City of Melville is not concerned about overflow street parking at a recently approved Palmyra apartment development despite the fact only 287 bays will service 258 dwellings.

More than 200 of the apartments will be two or three bedroom and just 42 visitor parking bays will be provided.

Earlier this month the Metro Central joint development assessment panel voted to approve Finbar’s $108 million apartment project on the site of the former Golden Egg Farms warehouse on McGregor Road.

The apartments will be contained in nine separate buildings on the 26,500sq m site, with most buildings reaching three storeys in height.

Construction will occur in two stages, with the completed development including a range of amenities including two gyms, swimming pools, saunas and landscaped gardens.

City of Melville acting chief executive Christine Young said the proposal complied with the minimum number of resident parking bays as set out by the City’s Residential Design Code (R-Codes).

“The surrounding road network has the capacity to accommodate the extra vehicle movements which includes parking on the street,” Ms Young said.

“Being that the proposal does comply with minimum design codes and standards, the City cannot require any more to be provided by the applicant.”

In accordance with R-Codes, the development should require 65 visitor parking bays – 23 more than what will be provided – with the City of Melville’s Responsible Authority Report pointing out only 34 bays would be required under the draft State Planning Policy 7.

“The verge is of suitable width to accommodate the car parking without prejudice to traffic safety and streetscape amenity,” the report reads.

“The context of the development is also important, given its location close to local amenities and high frequency public transport.

“The reduced visitor parking numbers enables additional landscaping to be incorporated in the verge area and allows the retention of the wooded area at the corner of McGregor Road and Justinian Streets.”