Hey that whole Erindale parking overhaul that’s been bouncing around for a while seems to be… well still bouncing around but in a kind of forwardsish direction.
In a response to an Assembly motion to address parking issues at the Erindale Group Centre, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today tabled the summary of an independent report into parking issues and options for the area.
“Earlier this year, a number of business owners and the Capital Edge Community Church raised concerns about parking issues at the Erindale shopping centre, particularly on Sunday mornings during the main church service” said Mr Rattenbury.
“Roads ACT commissioned Brown Consulting to undertake an investigation of the area to review the parking issues and assess the possibility of providing additional car parking on an adjacent block (Block 48), which is currently classified as unleased territory land.
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“The existing parking around the Capital Edge Community Church consists of several relatively small, outdoor, off-street car parks and includes a mixture of time restricted and all-day parking.
“The study identified that a new temporary car park could provide an additional 27 parking spaces including two disabled parking spaces within Block 48, however, the current zoning includes restrictions on the use of land as a standalone car park.
“However, the study also identified that the Wynne Street car park, which is within walking distance from the church, was underutilised, particularly during the Sunday church service,” said Mr Rattenbury.
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) will soon release the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan (DV320) for public consultation, which may permit rezoning of the area and allow the block to be developed as a car park (subject to the consultation).
This variation will draw on the findings of the Erindale Group Centre Master Plan, which was published by ESDD in September 2012. The Master Plan proposes that the number of existing car parks at the Erindale Group Centre could be increased by 1,215 spaces by 2031.