The North Sydney Community Strategic Plan states that for a reliable, accessible and sustainable transport system, we will:
- Promote equity of access to public and community transport.
- Incorporate true environmental and social costs in our transport planning.
- Pursue improvement and expansion of sustainable transport options.
- Encourage the use of alternative modes of transport to the private car.
Some of the stated aims with regard to transport include:
- The impact of the private car on our community and environment is dramatically reduced.
- The frequency, quality and diversity of public transport throughout North Sydney is increased.
- Pedestrians and cyclists enjoy easy and safe access throughout North Sydney.
- Transport management is coordinated at a regional level.
North Sydney Traffic and Parking Strategy
North Sydney Council has adopted an Integrated Traffic and Parking Strategy which outlines the key principles in Council’s approach to traffic and parking management on Council roads in line with the objectives and goals of the Community Strategic Plan.
Traffic and Parking Area Schemes (TAPAS)
Traffic and Parking Area Schemes (TAPAS) Action Plans will be developed for each of the seven TAPAS zones outlined in the Integrated Traffic and Parking Strategy. TAPAS Action Plans are similar to Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Plans. The Action Plans will be used to form and prioritise the Capital Works Program for transport projects for the next 5 years (from 2016) and to plan changes to parking restrictions.
Community engagement for Stage 1 of the TAPAS Plans was undertaken between February and May 2016. Council received over 2000 submissions in relation to the project across the 7 zones, including over 5,000 comments relating to specific locations. The outcomes and findings of Stage 1 were reported to Council in July 2016.
The next steps are to review the specific feedback received, undertake a detailed technical review in each TAPAS Zone and prepare draft action plans for each of the 7 TAPAS Zones by the end of April 2017.
The Draft Action Plans which will include a program of works will be placed on public exhibition after which they will be reported back to Council for formal adoption prior to implementation. These will then form the basis of a works program to be implemented over the next 5-10 years.