Developers face extra parking fee

KINGSCLIFF chamber of commerce president Rose Wright has given the thumbs up to plans to almost double the off-street parking contributions in the town.

Under an overhaul of section 94 charges in the draft Tweed council budget, developers in Kingscliff will be forced to pay $20,000 in lieu of a parking space, compared to the current charge of $11,500.

Ms Wright said yesterday that the increased charges were well overdue.

She said the chamber had been advocating higher developer charges to help resolve chronic parking problems in the town for years.

She said the chamber had supported an increase to $20,000 in the budget three years ago, before a rash of new resort apartments were given the go ahead on the beachfront.

Ms Wright said the council also needed to review some of its other policies which were also contributing to an acute shortage of parking spaces in the CBD.

Developers of two-bedroom units should also be required to provide two parking spaces, rather than just one to better reflect the reality of motor vehicle ownership.

Pro-development councillor Bob Brinsmead, who voted against earlier increases, said the council should prepare a parking master plan for Kingscliff so it could accurately determine the level of charges.

"Without a master plan the charges are just guesswork - we're really whistling in the dark," he said.

Ms Wright said the chamber had already prepared a master plan which would provide an extra 180 parking spaces with "very little investment", but it had been ignored.

Cr Brinsmead said if the council decided to look at a master plan, he was sure the chamber's plan would be taken into account.

Other offstreet parking charges proposed under the draft include Tweed Heads ($15,460 to $17,490) Murwillumbah ($9,190 to $12,747) Bogangar ($10,840 to $13,619 and Pottsville ($10,015 to $14,834).

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