Acclaimed US writer speaking at ‘planning for car parking’ event

Donald Shoup, the American urban planner who first drew attention to the true costs of off-street parking, will speak at a WA Local Government Association event next month.

In his 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, Mr Shoup argued that free parking has contributed to car dependence, rapid urban sprawl, wasteful energy use, and a host of other problems.

He also proposed that cities regulate parking by charging fair market prices for kerb parking, using the resulting revenue to pay for services in areas that generate it, and remove zoning requirements for off-street parking.

Mr Shoup will be joined by other experts on parking at the Planning for Car Parking event being hosted by WALGA.

The event is being targeted at local government officers within the planning, transport, engineering, environment, sustainability, infrastructure and community portfolios – as well as elected members – and will include the launch of WALGA’s Local Government Car Parking Guideline.

This is aimed at helping planners, engineers, parking inspectors, rangers and facility managers to prepare and adopt parking strategies, management plans, and local planning policies.

For further information please visit the WALGA website.