Benalla Rural City Council is seeking public feedback on a parking policy to address the need for short-term parking spaces.
The council has addressed community concerns about the availability of parking spaces for people with accessibility issues and their carers and for taxis and commercial delivery vehicles to make short stops, by developing its Draft Parking Management Policy.
‘‘We understand that people value their independence, but sometimes need assistance to make routine trips for shopping, health and social needs,’’ Mayor Justin King said.
‘‘We have also heard concerns from parcel delivery service providers.
‘‘Lack of suitable parking for these purposes may tempt people to double park, which is a safety risk to drivers, passengers and other vehicles.
‘‘To resolve the issue, the council has looked at what changes it could make to parking to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
‘‘It has been implementing these changes progressively in consultation with landholders.
‘‘To ensure consistency in these changes we developed the Draft Parking Management Policy.
‘‘The policy combines responsible traffic management with our support for local business and local amenity while affirming our commitment to accessibility for all residents and visitors.’’
The council is now seeking comments from residents, businesses and community groups via a short survey.
The survey and any other comments should be returned by Monday, September 5, and a report on all the feedback will be presented to the council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 5.
●Surveys can be obtained from the Customer Service Centre, by email request at email@example.com or downloaded from www.benalla.vic.gov.au