Project objective

This project will develop a Parking Strategy for Bayside in consultation with Bayside residents.

Parking availability is a long-standing concern for the Bayside community. Over the past decade parking has been consistently nominated as an area of concern by Bayside residents and is directly related to the top 3 priority areas for the community which include parking, development, and traffic.

Development of a 10-year Parking Strategy will help us plan and manage parking availability in Bayside now and into the future, in alignment with existing Council plans and strategies including the Integrated Transport Strategy 2018-2028.

Bayside’s Integrated Transport Strategy 2018-2028 outlines our plan to ensure a well-connected, safe, accessible, and convenient transport system. This is supported by a range of other strategies including the Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020-2025, Bayside Walking Strategy, Bicycle Action Plan 2019-26, and the Public Transport Advocacy Statement.

Project impacts

The Bayside Parking Strategy will help set the strategic direction for the management of parking over the next decade, creating a plan for effective, sustainable, and inclusive parking services and infrastructure.

While parking is a top concern for the Bayside community, the potential solutions to address parking related issues are complex.

Sensitivities around potential solutions include:

  • Competing interests (for example residents being able to park near their homes, versus shoppers or commuters).
  • Trade-offs between the use of open space and convenient parking.
  • Accessible and inclusive parking availability for those with a disabled parking permit or other accessibility needs.
  • Significant behaviour changes may be necessary.

As our population grows, so does the number of vehicles using our roads and streets. Providing more parking is important, but it can drive even more parking demand and traffic congestion by encouraging car ownership.

Already, the demand for on-street parking often outweighs supply, particularly in shopping precincts, at the foreshore (peak seasons), and around schools. Simply put, there is not enough space in built up cities like Bayside to provide everyone with a parking space.

Now, we need to provide equitable access to parking for those who need it most and help make walking, cycling and the use of public transport easier.

What information do we need from the community?

Community feedback will help shape our strategy for effective, sustainable, and inclusive parking services and infrastructure.

We want to understand your parking priorities and hear your ideas for how we can better manage parking and encourage sustainable transport.

Your feedback will help us to:

  • Understand our community’s parking priorities.
  • Design potential solutions to challenging issues.
  • Support sustainable transport, including electric vehicles.

This first phase of consultation on the Parking Strategy to understand community priorities and identify potential solutions closes on 16 March 2022. Later this year, we’ll be asking for feedback on a draft Parking Strategy to ensure we’ve got it right.

What can the community influence?

  • Strategic parking priorities
  • Disabled parking availability and access
  • Paid and free parking in public areas
  • Levers of parking management (parking provision requirements, reallocation of parking supply, paid parking, time restrictions, and space allocation policies)
  • Space allocation principles (including priorities within localised Parking Precinct Plans, and Major Activity Centres)
  • Prioritisation of active transport (walking and cycling) in comparison to carparking needs
  • Council transport and parking advocacy priorities
  • Parking technology (including parking sensors, dynamic signage, electric vehicle charging stations, and emerging technologies)

What can't the community influence?

  • Development of a Parking Strategy
  • Disability discrimination act requirements related to parking
  • Statutory parking requirements and standards
  • Alignment with existing strategic plans and policies including the Integrated Transport Strategy, the Climate Emergency Action Plan, and the Urban Forest Strategy
  • Planning for future traffic and transport needs
  • Bayside Planning Scheme
  • State Government transport infrastructure and projects
  • Previous and current projects
  • Provisions under the Local Law (Neighbourhood Amenity) 2021

Stakeholders and community

This stakeholder assessment is a generalised understanding of sections of the community that have a connection to the project or matter. This information is used to understand the types of tools and techniques that will achieve the strongest and most effective outcomes for engagement and communication.

Impact: What level of change will the stakeholder / community segment experience as a result of the project/matter

Interest: What level of interest has been expressed or is anticipated

Influence: Reference to the IAP2 Spectrum.





Residents with a car




Residents without a car




Residents who reside in multi-unit developments (MUDs) without a parking permit




Parking permit holdersHHInvolve

Households with large numbers of vehicles




Residents with a disabled parking permit or a lived experience of disability and carers




Bayside Traders HHInvolve

Employees of Bayside traders (non-residents)




Residents on restricted streets




Residents on unrestricted streets




Resident action groups HHInvolve
Pedestrians MMConsult
Visitors to BaysideMHConsult
Older residents (>75 years)MMConsult
Young people (<30 years) LLConsult
Local environment groups MLConsult
Parents with young childrenMMConsult
Traditional landowners LLConsult
CALD communities LMConsult
Victorian Government transport agencies LLInform
Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) LLInform
Local MPs HMInform
Other Councils MLInform

Selected tools and techniques

The tools and techniques selected for this project are informed by the project content, stakeholders and type of feedback sought.

The unpredictable impact of COVID-19 restricts our ability for drop-in sessions, as well as slower distribution of mail.

Key tools for communicating the project

Phase 1

  • Email notification to Have Your Say members
  • Council website and e-newsletter, This Week in Bayside
  • Social media, especially sponsored posts to increase audience reach
  • Direct email and/or addressed mail to key stakeholders
  • Let’s Talk Bayside magazine

Phase 2:

  • Have Your Say project webpage updates
  • Council website and e-newsletter, This Week in Bayside
  • Email updates to project subscribers and key stakeholder groups
  • Social media, including sponsored posts to increase audience reach

Key methods for gathering feedback

Phase 1

  • Online engagement through Have Your Say, including opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback
  • Drop-in or pop-up engagement sessions at major activity centres, Farmers’ Markets and/or local community centres and events (subject to COVID restrictions)
  • Liaison with community representatives, including Committees of Council, local interest and reference groups
  • Printed survey and consultation materials available upon request

Phase 2:

  • Online engagement through Have Your Say, including opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.
  • Liaison with community representatives, including Committees of Council, local interest and reference groups.
  • Printed survey and consultation materials available upon request.

Project timelines

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation open

    17 February – 16 March 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Consideration of community feedback

    March/April 2022

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Development of draft Parking Strategy

    April – June 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Council endorsement of draft Parking Strategy

    Council is expected to consider community feedback and the draft Parking Strategy at August 2022 Meeting

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Community consultation on the draft Parking Strategy

    September 2022

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Consideration of community feedback

    September – October 2022

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Revision of the draft Parking Strategy

    October – November 2022

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Proposed Parking Strategy to be considered by Council

    Council is expected to consider the proposed Parking Strategy and community feedback at its December 2022 Meeting

Decision-making process

Council is expected to consider the draft Parking Strategy alongside the findings of Phase 1 of community engagement at its August 2022 meeting. Following this, Phase 2 of community engagement will commence.

Council is expected to consider the findings of Phase 2 of community engagement alongside the proposed Parking Strategy at its meeting in February 2023.

The agenda for this meeting, including a community engagement report and proposed Strategy, will be published via Council's website. Project subscribers will be notified of the results of the engagement at this time.

The Council meeting will be live-streamed via Council’s website. Interested members of the community can ask a question of this meeting or request to be heard.

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More information

If you would like more information please contact Henry Lee, Acting Transport Planning Coordinator, on 9599 4394 or