CHANGES to parking rules in the Lismore CBD may be in the pipeline, with two parking-related councillor motions at Lismore City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
Cr Isaac Smith wants to double the time limits on parking in the CBD's centre strips on Keen, Woodlark and Molesworth streets from one hour to two hours.
Cr Smith will also move to extend all side (parallel) parking to one hour.
But Council staff do not support the motion, citing a 2007 study which indicated the average street parking duration was just 30 minutes.
"By far the biggest complaint from shoppers over the years has been the shortage of parking close to the shops," the staff report to councillors stated.
The current parking time limits provided "less opportunity for parking to be abused by motor- ists and in particular employees being able to move their cars throughout the day and taking up valuable on-street parking."
Many full-time workers and students in the CBD are in the habit of relocating their car several times during the working day to get around the current two-hour limits around the CBD.
"Allowing longer parking times in certain areas could have seri- ous impacts on the availability of parking."
In a separate motion, Cr Gianpiero Battista wants council staff to investigate the possibility of Clyde Campbell Car Park between Molesworth and Keen streets being given complete shade cover.
Council recently voted to use the Round 5 Regional Development Australia Fund grant of $435,000 to build shade structures for 120 of the 330 car spaces at Clyde Campbell.
Cr Battista said paid parking could be deployed there to partially fund the extra shade cover for the remaining 210 spaces.
But it would only be for "long-stay users" wanting to park four or more hours.
At present Clyde Campbell only allows up to two hours (free) parking.
And Cr Battista said the full covering would guarantee the potential relocation of the car boot market from Lismore Shopping Square to the CBD.
It would also allow the possibility of fitting effective solar panels on the surface of the shade covering
But again, council staff were also reluctant to take on this parti- cular parking challenge raised by Cr Battista.
"The proposed extent of consultation and business planning for a proposal that may not be viable will divert existing resources away from completion of Delivery Plan items," the staff comment said.
LISMORE PARKING PROPOSALS
(Councillor motions on the table at Lismore City Council's ordinary meeting next Tuesday).
- Increase centre parking in the CBD from one hour to two hours (Cr Isaac Smith)
- Make all side parking in the CBD one hour (Cr Smith)
- Consider paid parking at the Clyde Campbell car park for those wanting to park 4 hours or more - currently only up to 2 hours of free parking is available. (Cr Gianpiero Battista)