The Urban Taskforce thanks the Department of Planning and Environment for the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to parking provisions for boarding houses under the Affordable Rental Housing (State Environmental Planning Policy) 2009 (ARHSEPP). Our comments are provided below for consideration.
We understand that the Department of Planning and Environment proposes to increase parking rates for approved boarding houses to 0.5 parking spaces per boarding room. The current rate per room is 0.2 spaces per boarding room in certain low density residential areas if located within an ‘accessible’ area (within 400 metres of a bus stop with frequent services) and 0.4 spaces per room for boarding houses not in an accessible area. According to the Explanation of Intended Effect accompanying the proposed changes, the change is proposed to address ‘feedback received from the community and local councils indicates that impacts on on-street parking availability for neighbours is an issue in some areas’.