Central Maitland Parking Study
Council has undertaken a review of parking within Central Maitland to optimise existing parking in the area.
Central Maitland has undergone some major changes with the completion of The Levee development, including the Riverlink building's opening, which now forms the core of Central Maitland's lifestyle precinct and parking upgrades within the Maitland Station Precinct.
The draft Central Maitland Parking Study is a review of the parking situation in Central Maitland and outlines recommendations to improve parking accessibility in the area. The draft study recommends short to long term actions that seek to optimise existing parking in the area, ultimately to support Central Maitland's economic growth and viability.
The parking surveys that formed part of the study revealed there was generally at least 15% parking availability in the commercial core at large, many off street car parks were underutilised, and high availability on unrestricted parking in the outer parts of Central Maitland. However, there were areas subject to high levels of parking occupancy including The Levee and the west end of Central Maitland.
Introduce a clear hierarchy of parking that is understood by all users.
Prioritise more peripheral parking locations for long stay workers’ parking to free up more prime parking spaces for short and medium term parking.
Provide clearer signage to indicate time restrictions for parking.
Upgrade existing off street car parks with better lighting, protection from elements, and surveillance.
Investigate an active travel strategy to encourage more long term parkers to walk to and from the parking stations to their places of work.
Revisit planning frameworks to ensure developments can satisfy their own parking needs through development controls.
Introduce a more clearly defined strategy for parking enforcement, including trialling technology to assist with enforcement and monitoring.
Introduce smart parking systems to assist drivers in locating available parking and in the enforcement and surveying of parking.
Introduce new flexible long stay parking stations that can be used for other purposes outside of peak parking periods such as weekends, only after implementing other parking management techniques in the graduated management approach.
The draft Central Maitland Parking Study has identified that existing parking should be optimised through time restrictions and redistribution of short and long stay parking before parking infrastructure is considered.
A multi storey carpark was found to be commercially unviable for the Elgin Street, Maitland site for one and two storey public parking facilities.
Have Your Say
The draft Central Maitland Parking Study is now closed for community feedback. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the draft Study.