Shoalhaven City Council has recently made the Nowra CBD Car Parking Study public as the organisation considers the area’s future parking requirements.
The release of the Car Parking Study comes as Council commences a planning and consultation process for short term car parking options within the CBD.
The study was undertaken in two stages as Council explored both the supply and demand for parking in the CBD as well as the theoretical demand for parking based on the organisation’s Development Control Plan.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said that the study found the CBD had approximately 71 percent parking occupancy at the 85th percentile level in accordance with recognised standards.
The Mayor said that this demonstrated adequate car parking availability in the CBD when all parking supply (both on and off street) was taken into consideration.
“The Nowra CBD Car Parking Study was undertaken in response to community concerns regarding parking levels,” said Clr Gash.
“However the study demonstrated a shortfall in theoretical demand for off street parking using the rates found within the area’s Development Control Plan.”
“The study identifies where an additional 186 spaces could be provided within the next five years to meet the theoretical demand.”
“It is important to note that the DCP rates only assess the need for off street parking associated with development whereas the supply/demand approach considers all parking and how well these spaces are being utilised.”
The Mayor said Council would consider an allocation of funding for the planning, design and consultation of short term works to be included in the 2016/17 Operational Plan budget.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170