Gold Coast to get another car-stacking development but do the benefits stack up?


It seems like a logical fix to the Gold Coast’s parking problems but mechanical car stacking has its limitations, according to a town planner.

The technology, which allows cares to be stored on top of one another, can reduce the amount of space needed for parking or make the most of what’s already available.

On Thursday, Gold Coast City Council approved a Palm Beach development that will feature nine car-stacker systems, designed to store two cars each.

Council placed conditions on the stacker around noise and the mandatory notification of mechanical faults.

Gold Coast-based town planner Robert Patrick said car stacking had benefits and drawbacks.

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A car stacking design example provided in the Palm Beach development application.(Supplied: City of Gold Coast)

“They can help achieve minimum parking requirements for developments but they are somewhat cumbersome and inconvenient,” Mr Patrick said.

But Mr Patrick said, should public transport options improve and reliance on cars decline, stackers could be removed or retrofitted.

“It’s more of a solution that applied to very densely urban environments,” he said.

“As opposed to the Gold Coast where there’d only be a few potential developments that would even consider them.”

Palm Beach benchmark

Mr Patrick said while car stacking was “not an ideal solution to the parking dilemma”, they could help developers meet council planning requirements and reduce costs.

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The Palm Beach unit block will include the stackers.(Supplied: City of Gold Coast)

“Where there’s not enough room to accommodate the requisite amount of car parking . . . [stacking] potentially avoids having to…



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