The Committee for Greater Frankston says the proposed multi-million-dollar office and retail development at Frankston’s Bayside Shopping Centre suffers a major flaw: not enough carparks. In a letter to Mornington Peninsula Magazine, committee CEO Ginevra Hosking describes the calculation of parking spaces to meet planning law requirements as “a Ponzi scheme”.
“The eight-storey, $116 million building proposed for Vicinity’s Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston is one of six major projects granted priority approval by Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne to create jobs and bolster economic recovery,” Ms Hosking writes. “It’s a big private investment tick for Frankston’s languishing CBD but has a major flaw – insufficient carparks.
“Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, a keen supporter of the project, stated it would ‘generate 1470 ongoing jobs’ but conceded it would provide just ‘85 new carparks’ for those new workers. This is 389 fewer than required under planning law but it’s been claimed there is sufficient existing parking. It’s a Ponzi scheme that double-counts old parking spaces.
“Frankston Council was so concerned about insufficient parking that it twice deferred voting on the proposal, asking Bayside to solve the problem. Instead, the project was called in for fast-tracking by Mr Wynne. Councillors wrote to Mr Wynne, asking him to reject the development as the carparking discrepancy remained unresolved.
“The council had commissioned a report that included staff physically counting how many spaces Bayside actually had. This revealed carparks required for Bayside’s previous expansions had not been met. Bayside was 346 car spaces short even before the eight-storey proposal.
“(The) total shortfall of spaces is 735. When a developer cannot provide sufficient parking for a new building, the council levies $19,500 per space. This pays for construction of new council-controlled carparks such as those in Young St. Bayside’s missing 735 car spaces are worth $14.3 million.
“This episode makes a mockery of one of the big issues of Frankston’s CBD – insufficient affordable parking. This a key reason why we’ve been advocating for extension of the Frankston rail line to Langwarrin and beyond – to create park and rides and take pressure off CBD parking.”
Frankston City Council, Mr Wynne and Mr Edbrooke have been contacted for comment.