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

Scope of an Integrated Transport Plan. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra

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
Image credit: City of Yarra
Image credit: Strategic Transport Statement 2006

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.

Access and Movement Background Paper
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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:

Our view

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.

Key actions of the Integrated Transport Plan and associated Parking Management Plan should be:

Our suggestions are available to download as a PDF:

Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra

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.

Image credit: City of Moreland

Guidance from Austroads

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

Image credit: Austroads
Image credit: Austroads

Further guidance

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

Image credit: European Union

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