Melville: City revamp of parking permit policy likely to see reduction in eligible holders

Melville: City revamp of parking permit policy likely to see reduction in eligible holders

A REVAMP of City of Melville’s parking permit policy will likely result in a sharp reduction in the number of eligible permit holders.

Council voted last month to adopt a formal Parking Permit Policy to replace the ad-hoc system that has been in use since paid parking was introduced to the Canning Bridge commercial precinct in 2005.

Formerly, residents who had paid parking bays directly abutting their property were eligible for fee exempt parking permits.

Residents living on surrounding streets with time-restricted parking were also eligible to apply for a parking permit.

Under the new policy, any freehold, strata or survey strata property owner that can fit two or more vehicles on their land will not be eligible for a residential parking permit.

Residents of apartment developments with on-site parking that meets the City’s minimum standards will not be eligible either.

New parking permits will also display the registration number of the approved vehicle, the applicable road name and permit number; features missing from those currently in use. They will also cost $25 to renew each year.

At present, there are close to 140 properties with parking permits but City staff believed many of those would no longer be eligible under the new system.

Chief executive Shayne Silcox said the new system would address the inconsistencies that had led to some residents having the advantage of dedicated access to on-street parking bays.

“While the City has always had guidelines for assessing parking permits, it has not had a council approved policy and some council resolutions regarding the provision of parking permits had at times resulted in variations to operational guidelines,” Dr Silcox said.

“The approved Parking Permit Policy now ensures an equitable and consistent approach for residents across the City as a whole.”

An amendment proposing the policy be advertised for public comment before adoption was tied 6-6 at April’s council meeting but denied through Mayor Russell Aubrey’s casting vote. The policy was then passed 9-3.

The new policy will come into effect from July 1 this year, although existing permits will not expire until December 31.