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Commuters in Melbourne's inner north could face a tougher time finding parking near a train station as another council launches a crackdown on cars.
Darebin City Council is proposing to remove all-day parking in streets within 400 metres of 11 train stations on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines between Northcote and Reservoir, its draft parking strategy reveals.
The new restrictions wouldn't affect station car parks. But from later this year, street parking would be available for just two hours near the stations if the strategy is endorsed by the council.
It’s part of a greater push to phase out a widescale dependence on motor vehicles, as Darebin faces major growth in the suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury and Preston, where the rise in residents is driving up congestion.
The council will also investigate changes to parking regulations so developers would no longer be required to provide a minimum number of resident car spaces in areas close to public transport.
This follows the lead of Moreland City Council, which in April announced it would become one of the first suburban councils to remove minimum off-street parking requirements in activity centres in Brunswick, Coburg and Glenroy.
Moreland's move caught the attention of Planning Minister Richard Wynne, who suggested the council hadn't considered "the practical implications" of the proposed change.
But Darebin will not be deterred.
A council map reveals the extent of the parking problem, showing that on a typical Thursday at 1pm nearly every street parking spot between St Georges Road, High Street, Heidelberg Road and Murray Road is filled.
Many of these spots are being taken up by commuters driving to train stations and tram stops, leaving little space for residents to park in their own street, the council claims.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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