One-car Limit In NSW Canada Bay's Rhodes Peninsula Estate Photo:
Mike Stevens | Jul, 16 2010 | 2 Comments

It's an experiment that has caught on in a number of towns and cities around Europe, but the idea of a car-free Australian town is the sort of dream most cyclists and public transport advocates don't expect to have fulfilled.

That may soon change however, with New South Wales council of Canada Bay announcing plans to limit residents in new Rhodes West apartment buildings to one car - even those living in three-bedroom apartments.

Covering eight hectares on the Rhodes Peninsula, the new estate was originally expected to see a number of eight and 12-storey towers built.

The council's new plan, if approved, will see five towers built to 25 storeys, one at 20 storeys tall and another at 18.

Some 12,000 people are expected to move into the estate when it is completed, and it is because of this number and the high-density living that the council is proposing its one-car rule.

Speaking with Fairfax this week, Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas described the plan as an "avant gardge" approach for the council but one that he believes must be accepted by the estate's potential residents.

Around 15km from the Sydney CBD, owners and renters in the new apartment buildings will need to get used to the idea of walking, cycling and using public transport if they are going to live there.

''They will need to understand the opportunity to travel by their own vehicle will be limited," Cr Tsirekas told Fairfax.

The plan proposed by the Canada Bay council requires developers to agree to a car-share scheme, and potential residents would need to join the program as part of their rental or purchase agreement.

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