PARKING DEMAND FOR SMALL SUBURBAN OFFICES

The parking generation of various land uses has been the subject of a number of studies and surveys over many years. These studies have resulted in the development of parking supply rates which have subsequently become statutory requirements in the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme. It was the author's belief, following recent surveys undertaken by the author's employer, that the statutory parking rate for offices as detailed in the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme may be inappropriate for use in some areas of metropolitan Melbourne. This is of some concern, particularly due to the increase in office development in suburban areas of Melbourne and the high cost of constructing car parking facilities. This study consisted of a number of areas including: a literature review; a survey of suburban Municipal Councils; a survey of traffic engineering and town planning consultants; and a survey of parking demand at seven suburban office buildings. The study results showed that many Councils are accepting the requirements of the Planning Scheme without question. Several had undertaken independent studies, some of which were available for this study. Generally Councils, as the planning authority, are adhering to the Planning Scheme requirements when assessing new office developments unless the developer (or his consultants) are able to prove that variations are appropriate. The office survey provided some interesting results. It was found that there are significant differences between the parking demand of sites in inner suburban locations and those in outer suburban locations. The results indicate further research is required in this field to assist the planning authorities in their assessment of the parking requirements for new office developments. If this work is not conducted current statutory requirements will result in a significant oversupply of car parking at offices in the inner suburban locations. This was a thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering Science in the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University. (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Monash University

    Wellington Road
    Clayton, Victoria  Australia  3800
  • Authors:
    • HUNKIN, P J
  • Publication Date: 1991-1

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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  • Accession Number: 00620365
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM