By Andy Sambidge
Urban Planning Council says adequate parking must be provided in plans for new buildings.
Strict new guidelines are to be introduced in Abu Dhabi to ensure adequate parking is provided with new construction projects, the Urban Planning Council has said.
In the past, buildings were constructed with inadequate parking, which means drivers are often forced to park cars in potentially obstructive and dangerous places, reported UAE daily The National on Wednesday.
The design review branch of the planning council said it would now refuse projects if it believed they would contribute to parking problems.
Falah al Ahbabi, the general manager of the council, told the paper: “Developers don’t always include parking in their plans. But now we have the design review. The street is not a car park. It will take time, but we’re taking all the parking off the streets, and creating a better public realm.”
One of the requirements of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan, launched in 2007, was getting parked cars off the street and out of sight to make the city more pedestrian-friendly and less congested.
Paid parking will be introduced in the capital next year to further increase the pressure on motorists to use proper car parks.
Lets hope that they work on more than 1 parking spot per apartment so that they do not get the same problems as in Dubai Marina where most buildings provide no visitor parking and no spots for people with multiple cars, which are a required feature of living in Dubai. The builders even have the temerity in the Marina to take out the original parking spots that were provided in the road and not replace them.
I lived in Abu Dhabi for about a year. The hardest thing for me was to find a parking spot. i think this new rule with payed parking will help the eye sore of parking in the middle of the road. Also while i was there we (expats) would always talk about parking garages. If there were parking garages in distinct locations and 8 to 10 floors high, i think that would help the clutter in the capital. Charge a 5-10 dhs fee and in due time the garage would pay for itself...
It is too to correct the situation. Hunge construction is going on in inside abu dhabi and there is no parking place reserved in that builings. This is the basic question which should be asked bafore approving building design. Any way it is never too late. 1- Abu Dhabi Govt. should imitiate stop approving in building without enough parking for residents and visitors. 2- Parking plazas should be constructed on towntown area like electra, hamdam, khalifa street and Khalidya area.