The City of Yarra should develop and implement an Integrated Transport Plan and associated Parking Management Plan, because it would:

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Council statement

Council adopted a Strategic Transport Statement in 2006, a key starting point to the development of an Integrated Transport Plan:

If Yarra is to address the long-term and complex issues facing transport planning, it needs to re-evaluate the way decisions are made and budget is spent in order to reflect the priority Council gives specific modes of transport based on their sustainability. 

Strategic Transport Statement 2006
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Council research

Council published a background paper on access and movement in 2015, as part of a re-write of the Yarra Planning Scheme.

Yarra City Council has consistently promoted walking, cycling and public transport in its policy documents. In addition to benefits for the transport networks, getting more people to use these modes in Yarra is also aligned with strategic objectives for amenity, liveability, productivity, sustainably and health. If these modes are to be attractive alternatives to car travel, they will require more space in Yarra’s streets, so that they are safer, easier to use, more reliable, more comfortable and can offer faster travel times.

City of Yarra Background Paper

Council commitment

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

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 and the Background Paper 2015.

Key actions

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

Other inner city Councils in Melbourne have developed Integrated Transport Strategies, including the City of Moreland, the City of Darebin and the City of Melbourne.

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Guidance from Austroads

At minimum, an Integrated Transport Plan should comply with Austroads guidelines, including these examples:

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Further guidance

Learn more from this collection of design guides, or the European Union guide to developing and implementing a sustainable urban mobility plan:

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