Byron Shire Council is launching a pilot program to allow approved businesses to use car parking spaces between 5pm and 11pm as an extension of their trading area.
Businesses are invited to submit an expression of interest outlining their plan and vision using the online expression of interest form.
The program is available within town centres throughout the Shire, with the exception of Mullumbimby where there is a separate pilot program underway in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce.
It is expected to provide a range of benefits including:
- vibrancy and interest in the streetscape
- economic benefits
- help businesses meet COVID-19 requirements.
Businesses are invited to submit an expression of interest outlining their plan and vision for review and selection by Council.
From these submissions a number of parklets will be selected to take part in the 12 month trial, after which Council may choose to extend or discontinue the Parklets concept.
Should the Parklets become permanent, the trial will assist in forming a policy to regulate Parklets into the future.
The selection criteria are:
- Be an existing approved business in the Byron Shire (with the exception of Mullumbimby).
- Have a COVIDsafe Plan in place.
- Provide a vision description (300 words).
- Provide a vision image or plan.
- Be capable of being installed or parked for use between 5pm and 11pm daily within the town centres .
- Letter of support from the property owner/s directly outside the proposed parklet.
Complete and submit the form.
Refer to the Expression of Interest brief(PDF, 612KB) for assistance.
A parklet is a footpath extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Parklets are installed on parking bays and typically extend out from the footpath to the width of the adjacent parking space.
Mobile parklets can be designed to be placed in front of the associated business and removed when not in use.
Construction and maintenance costs associated with the parklets are funded by the operator.
Examples of parklets and their design are provided below in the external links: