A sustainable approach to alternative transport modes

  |  Date: April 29, 2016

We were recently successful at VCAT for a proposal to construct a five storey building at 451 Lygon Street Brunswick East that was refused by Moreland Council primarily because it considered that the lack of on-site car parking would result in an unreasonable reduction in the availability of on street parking for the activity centre and the surrounding residential area.

The Moreland Planning Scheme places emphasis on promoting sustainable and walkable neighbourhoods, along with sustainable design in the Brunswick Activity Centre. However, there is no policy to direct where it may be acceptable to have no on-site parking, or where it may not. Based on the facts and circumstances of this particular case a reduction of on-site car parking to zero was supported.

The key question arising from the case whether, on balance, the physical constraints of the property and its location within the Brunswick Activity Centre justify a reduction of car parking requirements from 14 to zero.

In conclusion the hearing was a success, with the Tribunal resolving that a car parking waiver could be justified for the project as the site was deemed too narrow to provide onsite car parking. Relevant determining factors in this case aside from the physical constraints of the site, is its capacity to support on-site provision for alternative transport, as well as its excellent location, proximity to services and other alternative modes of transport means.

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