Feedback wanted on proposed parking changes in Warburton

Published on 06 February 2024

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Council is continuing to assess parking requirements in Warburton to ensure traffic flow and parking for visitors, traders and residents.

Part of this now includes seeking feedback on proposed changes to parking restrictions in Warburton to better meet the needs of the community.

The feedback received will help Council implement the most suitable restrictions for all users which will help improve traffic flow in the area, particularly during busier times of the year such as school holidays and weekends.

O’Shannassy Ward Councillor, Jim Child, said that Council has heard from the locals and the business community that something needs to be done about parking in Warburton.

“We know that weekends in particular can be a challenging time when it comes to parking, so what we’re aiming to do is make things fairer for everyone that visits,” Cr Child said.

“We’ve been hearing that during these busier times, cars are often overstaying their time limit, which causes further congestion and frustration for everyone.

“Recently we’ve increased our enforcement of the parking restrictions in the area, which was welcomed by the local community, but now we want to ask whether we’re proposing the right time restrictions.”

Some of the proposed changes for parking in Warburton are:

  • Parking along Thomas Avenue will be more clearly defined and become 2-hour parking, between hours of:
    • 11am-3pm Mon-Fri
    • 10am-5pm Sat-Sun

  • Parking along the northern side of Warburton Highway to become 1-hour parking between hours of:
    • 11am-3pm Mon-Fri
    • 10am-5pm Sat-Sun

  • Parking along the southern side of Warburton Highway to become 2-hour parking between hours of:
    • 11am-3pm Mon-Fri
    • 10am-5pm Sat-Sun

  • Parking at Arts Centre Warburton will be more clearly defined and to become 2-hour parking with two new accessible spaces provided, between the hours of:
  • 11am-3pm Mon-Fri
  • 10am-5pm Sat-Sun

  • 1 x 30-minute parking space to be installed in front of Woodys Charcoal Chicken (3379 Warburton Highway, Warburton)

  • 2 x 30-minute parking spaces to be installed in front of Warburton Bakery (3415 Warburton Highway, Warburton).

 

These areas have been identified due to their high demand during peak periods on weekends and public holidays, which has been confirmed by parking surveys.

Outside of this consultation, No Stopping at any Time signs will also be installed shortly at the Station Street parking area to improve traffic flow.

“As with everything, we need to strike the right balance to find the best solution for our residents, businesses and visitors to the area.”

“I encourage everyone to take some time in looking over these recommendations and provide us with any other insights they might have around parking in Warburton,” said Cr Child.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov, said that Council would be looking at ways to improve parking conditions around the municipality over the next 12 months.

“Our region attracts a great number of visitors year-round so there is definitely a need to make moving around the Yarra Ranges easier, and fairer for everyone,” Cr Todorov said.

“By improving parking options and encouraging people to adhere to the restrictions, this should go a long way to making things far more equitable for all.”

Community members will have until 3 March 2024 to provide feedback on the options.

Visit shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/changes-parking-restrictions-warburton to view all the proposed changes and to have your say, or contact Karen O'Gorman 1300 368 333.