The City of Yarra should develop and implement an Integrated Transport Plan and associated Parking Management Plan, because it would:
- maintain a functioning city by avoiding gridlock,
- prevent death and serious injury by protecting the public,
- mitigate our upcoming climate emergency,
- comply with Objective 6 of the Council Plan, and
- resolve conflicts between multiple adopted strategies, policies and plans.
Council adopted a Strategic Transport Statement in 2006, and a key quote supports the development of an Integrated Transport Strategy (or Plan):
It is not intended to be a comprehensive transport strategy but a broad statement of Council’s transport policy intent.Strategic Transport Statement 2006
On 2nd June 2020 the City of Yarra adopted a Climate Emergency Plan, which commits to developing and implementing an Integrated Transport Plan:
Key elements of the Integrated Transport Plan and associated Parking Management Plan should be:
- Reducing the burden of through-traffic on our residential streets.
- Revitalising our shopping streets as places and destinations.
- Reclaiming our quiet residential streets as public open space.
- Managing demand for on-street parking.
- Establishing the ‘iterative trial‘ process as the core process for community engagement for street redesign.
- Aligning with the Environment Strategy, Urban Design Strategy, Safe Travel Strategy, Parking Strategy, Car Sharing Strategy, Walking Strategy, Bicycle Strategy and Local Area Place Making (LAPM) policy.
These elements align with Council’s Strategic Transport Statement 2006.
Key actions of the Integrated Transport Plan and associated Parking Management Plan should be:
- Reducing rat running by designating all LAPM precincts as 30 km/h superblocks that guide commuters to the perimeter and claim internal space for more trees, seats and opportunities to meet, play and socialise.
- Revitalising shopping streets by relocating shopper-parking to the first 5-10 spots on each side street, thus enabling shopping streets to support place making, wider footpaths, protected bicycle lanes and level access tram stops.
- Managing the balance between supply and demand for on-street parking by introducing demand responsive pricing.
- Enabling residents to reduce their need for multiple cars by encouraging car-sharing.
- Defining safe routes to school in the 2 km catchment zone surrounding each school in Yarra.
- Using low-cost high-speed ‘tactical urbanism’ methods to enable residents & ratepayers to trial new designs before being asked to support investment in permanent infrastructure.
Guidance from other Councils
Guidance from Austroads
At minimum, an Integrated Transport Plan should comply with Austroads guidelines, including these examples:
Learn more from this collection of design guides, or the European Union guide to developing and implementing a sustainable urban mobility plan: