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Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Reduced parking proposed for property developments

The City of Cape Town's draft parking policy encourages developers to create fewer parking bays so that tenants will be encouraged to use public transport.

It will also introduce clamping for parking transgressions, and allow for a new parking tender that will enable better enforcement of regulations.

Speaking on 567 CapeTalk, the city's mayoral committee member for transport for Cape Town, Brett Herron, said: 'It's about taking what is happening and refining it to make it work better.'

Main categories defined in the draft policy are on- and off-street parking, park-and-ride facilities, loading bays, bus bays, and parking permits/ reserved parking. Each category experiences specific issues, which need to be dealt with.

He said the city was under pressure from developers to reduce the parking requirement, especially for low-cost housing projects close to transport nodes. On-site parking requirements encouraged car usage and pushed up the cost of a development. One of the goals of the new policy was to ensure a faster turnover of parking bays.

'(A) fundamental issue often raised is that there is just not enough parking in the city. However, the conventional response to this problem, to provide additional parking spaces... is not the long-term solution.'

On-street parking should be used for shorter visits, while motorists wanting to park for longer periods would be encouraged to use garage parking or parking on the fringes of urban nodes and the city centre.

The draft parking policy is open for public comment until February 13.

Cape Argus


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