Community input sought on multi-deck car park for Victor Harbor's town centre

Community consultation: The City of Victor Harbor is seeking community views on a vision to develop land.
Community consultation: The City of Victor Harbor is seeking community views on a vision to develop land.

The City of Victor Harbor is seeking community feedback on a vision to develop land in McKinlay Street for a multi-deck car park, aimed at servicing the broader town centre.

Discussion concerning the development of McKinlay Street for increased parking has featured within council planning for over a decade, stemming from the Town Centre Master Plan in 2006.

This was reinforced through the Mainstreet Master Plan, Railway Precinct Master Plan, Development Plan Amendments, and most recently in the Town Centre Traffic Movement and Car Parking Strategy adopted in 2017.

Recently, council gave in-principle support to accommodate car parking associated with the proposed redevelopment of the Anchorage Hotel on land owned by council in McKinlay Street.

Some form of multi-deck parking would be required for this to occur.

Council's work in relation to the McKinlay Street Car Parking Precinct focusses on future proofing Victor Harbor to ensure the capacity for development and growth, according to City of Victor Harbor CEO, Victoria MacKirdy.

"We currently have a car park located on prime beachfront land in the Foreshore Precinct. Imagine if we could re-allocate a portion of these car parks to McKinlay Street and then activate this public space," said Ms MacKirdy.

"There is also the challenges we have in attracting businesses into our Mainstreet Precinct. Take the vacant Bank SA building for example, additional car parking will be required for a business to move into this space. This is why planning for additional car parking is important."

Council is now aiming to consult with the community to determine whether it is appropriate to pursue the development of public parking beyond the requirements of the Anchorage Hotel as part of a multi-deck car park in McKinlay Street.

This public consultation commenced on February 6 and will run until 5pm on Friday, February 28.

To find out more and have your say visit: yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au

City of Victor Harbor Mayor, Dr Moira Jenkins said there were a number of significant projects on the horizon in Victor Harbor that would have an impact on car parking in the town centre, including the Anchorage Hotel development and council's planned Arts and Culture Centre project.

"This consultation is a chance for council to explore the potential of the McKinlay Street site with the community before progressing to the preparation of concept plans," said Dr Jenkins.

"We particularly want to know what the design of the car park should include, how the car park could be paid for, and thoughts around what this means for paid parking elsewhere in the town centre.

"There has been lots of ideas thrown around, and we want to make sure we have an understanding of our community's desires."