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City Parking Plan 2015

The City Parking Plan 2015 aims to keep our city moving by managing parking to increase availability, improve customer service and boost economic activity in local centres.

The plan ensures that parking is available in the right place, at the right time and at the right price, harnessing the potential of new parking technology combined with best practice policy.

The plan covers on and off-street parking, park-and-ride provision, parking supply in new developments (in conjunction with the City Plan), and parking pricing.

New revenue raised as a result of the plan will be invested into creating more attractive local centres and better public transport services.

Download the City Parking Plan 2015.

The City Parking Plan 2015 works alongside the City's other key strategic policies, including our City Transport Strategy 2031, Economic Development Strategy 2013-2023, City Plan, and Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan 2014-2019, to drive stronger, more liveable communities and greater prosperity.

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  • Why do we need a new City Parking Plan 2015?

    • To achieve easier parking, less congestion and improved productivity in centres.
    • To give effect to the Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031 including: local parking plans, demand responsive pricing (DRP) and revenue sharing.
    • Utilising the benefits and opportunities from new parking technologies and best practice experience.
  • How is the new plan an improvement on the 2004 Parking Strategy?

    • It reflects new opportunities and conditions including technology/best practice.
    • Provides a truly local response to parking pricing and management.
    • Utilises real time/place data for to ensure more convenient and efficient parking.
    • Shares new revenue to improve local access and prosperity in Benefitted Area Zones (BAZ).
    • New pricing and revenue concepts are compatible with sustainable travel options.
  • How is the new City Parking Plan 2015 more equitable?

    • The new plan applies a user pay principle to parking.
    • Charging the ‘right’ price for parking ensures financial security for the parking asset.
    • Community and internal feedback indicates strong support for the sharing of new revenue to fund streetscape and public transport improvements.
  • Why run a local parking plan - ParkInCentre Scheme (PICS) pilot?

    • The PICS pilot will respond to the local parking and kerbside use needs with a balance of outcomes depending on local conditions.
    • PICS are local parking plans that respond to the specific conditions of each centre.
    • PICS Benefitted Area Zones (BAZ) pilot are proposed for Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads. These are both attractive and vibrant centres with good transport/access choice.
    • Comprehensive reporting on the pilots after 12 and 24 months will enable the City of Gold Coast and the community to understand the detail of the benefits and any issues to be resolved.
  • How is technology improving parking management in the city?

    Managing and pricing on-street parking according to demand is known as ‘demand-responsive pricing’ (DRP). In-ground sensors provide real time/place data on parking demand at different times of the day. Parking charges are adjusted to maximise parking turnover.

  • How does demand-responsive pricing affect the price of parking?

    Demand-responsive pricing (DRP) shifts parking demand by encouraging vehicles to move to streets where parking is cheaper.

    • Prices tend to decline in off peak times/places and increase in the peak period.
    • Where demand exceeds 80 per cent occupancy the price will increase. At 60 to 80 per cent, the price is stable. Below 60 per cent, the price will fall.
    • Prices are adjusted up or down in $0.20 increments in quarterly reviews.
    • New technologies increase payment fairness and convenience.
  • How does the plan reduce congestion and improve safety?

    • Parking spaces are more likely to be available at the right time and place.
    • Saves time and increases pedestrian safety in local streets.
  • How does the Plan ensure appropriate levels of on and off street parking?

    • New technologies show where parking is available and at what price.
    • Responsive pricing shifts demand to available supply, improving parking availability.
    • A parking permit review will ensure better managed, tailored and flexible parking.
  • How does the Plan affect off street parking or ‘park and ride’?

    • Off-street parking is a valuable community resource. Providers have an incentive to invest in existing or new parking and ‘park and ride’ facilities.
    • More sustainable, market-driven parking assets will be provided through commercial parking providers as part of new developments.
  • How is parking revenue used?

    Parking revenue collected by the City is used to fund active transport, public transport and streetscaping improvement projects.

    For more information about the ParkInCentre Scheme, please email


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