With regard to the language used in this letter. There is a lot of “lawful” and “unlawful” innuendo but I believe the crux of it is in the 2nd to last paragraph of the letter which states:
>> enable Council to ensure it determines a best practice approach to parking management on road verges that reflects the best interests of our region, COMPLIES WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND COUNCIL “REGULATORY” FRAMEWORK and supports the ongoing safety of the local community.<<
Very easy to miss but the literal meaning of this is a complete contradiction in terms because it simply isn’t possible to satisfy all these things in existing suburban developments under existing legislation. Even their last bullet point asks if we have any suggestions for road verge parking that are “lawful” and “appropriate”.
The only way to fix the existing situation IMHO, is to work around the regulations as opposed to complying with them. And if the Council isn’t willing to discuss this, then they are wasting our time and ratepayer’s money.
In terms of future developments, I think it’s been well detailed already… roads need to be wider as per Colin’s measurements. I can see a game of “pass the buck” going on here between Developers, Council and the State Govt. and this cannot be allowed.
So my suggestions are as follows and may add more as they come to mind…
1. We thank (by name?) those Councillors who are actually taking an active interest and representing their constituents concerns in this matter.
2. Request Council work around existing regulations by putting in place an amnesty on verge parking in suburbs where the road is less than 7 metres in width – as per Colin’s suggestion. There can be reasonable distances put in place ie. vehicles can’t infringe on the verge any more than 1 metre thereby still allowing ample room for foot traffic. (That is just an example. What is reasonable would have to be decided by concensus).
3. Once again in existing suburban developments with streets of less than 7 metres, an amnesty must be given allowing parking in driveways with as above – ie. a 1 metre(?) encroachment onto the verge.
4. No future “high-density” suburban development approvals until the appropriate measures have been taken to ensure roads in these developments are no less than 7 metres wide. No side-stepping and passing the buck. Stocklands definitely has a part to play in this and the part they seem to be playing best is “pass the buck” especially when we now know they have the choice to increase road widths and DON’T..
5. No more using parking fines as revenue raising as we all know this is happening. Queensland’s frontline cops have called for an end to sneaky covert speed cameras which they say the public see as simply cash cows for the State Government and do nothing to reduce the road toll. Our Councillors need to follow suit with the parking issues and stand up with us on this as I don’t believe there is any evidence to suggest public safety is positively affected by these parking fines. In fact it appears to be quite the opposite with public safety being severely compromised.
I’m sure there are other things that I may think of later but in my mind, these are the most pressing.