Dunsborough parking fears

GABRIELLE YOUNGBusselton Dunsborough Times

Busselton Shire councillor David Binks has raised concerns a proposed four-storey development in Dunsborough could add to a shortage of parking in the town.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the council would be asked to consider an application for planning consent for approval of the mixed use development at Lot 104, Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough.

A report by council staff revealed the development had a “significant” car parking shortfall of 13 bays, relative to an assessed need for 30 bays.

“In fact, it is quite clear that, at peak times, there is no spare car parking capacity within the vicinity of the site,” the report said.

“There is also no land reasonably available that can be designated for the provision of additional car parking.”

The report said the opportunities to increase car parking capacity in and around the town centre were limited and could have the effect of restricting development to avoid excacerbating the car parking shortfall.

Council staff recommended requiring the developer to provide a contribution of $10,000 toward research into car parking issues in the Dunsborough town centre but, Mr Binks said he was in favour of approving the plan provided the developer could reduce the car parking shortfall.

“One of the problems with the foreshore development is more pressure on available parking,” he said.

“By approving (the proposal) with the parking shortfalls it will be adding fuel to a fire that already exists.”

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