Proposal status: Feedback closed: 6 May 2021
Reference number: BYL-502
In April 2021, we proposed changes to improve access for large vehicles such as waste collection trucks, in Home Street, Grey Lynn. After reviewing all of the feedback, we have decided to proceed with the following minor change:
- In order to minimise any inconvenience to residents, we will be imposing a time limited parking restriction in place of the proposed broken yellow lines:
‘No Stopping at Certain Hours: 7am-9am & 3pm-5pm on Wednesdays’
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be implemented by August 2021.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern that there is not sufficient on-street parking currently available to Home Street residents, and this would increase parking demand.
We understand that this is a difficult situation as the parking is already restricted due to the narrow configuration of the road, and we appreciate that any parking removal comes at an inconvenience to residents. Therefore, we have opted for a time-based restriction only, to lessen the impact upon residents whilst still providing a solution to the access issue experienced by large vehicles. Unfortunately, it is not possible for Auckland Transport to provide additional parking. This is considered less of a priority than maintaining the main purpose of a road, which is to provide access to properties.
- Concern that parking demand increases even higher on Friday evenings and during weekends, especially when events are on in the area.
The revised restrictions will not have any impact upon weekend parking demand.
- Concern that residents pay an additional cost for parking permits to allow them to use on-street parking, and therefore should have access to an adequate number of car parks. Observation that a high number of local residents are renters or live in properties without off-street parking facilities and that this contributes to high parking demand in the area.
Regarding permits, for a cul-de-sac like Home Street with more houses than parking spaces, vehicles will not always be able to be parked on the same street as the property in which you live. The Resident Parking Zone (RPZ) has removed all day non-resident parking from Home Street and surrounding streets, making it easier for residents to find a space near to where they live. Any on-street parking is available on a first come, first served basis, and Auckland Transport does not recommend relying upon on-street parking as this is a public asset and is subject to change as needs and objectives for the road change.
- Suggestion to audit parking permits to understand resident to space ratios better. Additional suggestion to revisit parking permit process and move from the Oct/Nov renewal system to a system in which residents can apply for 6-month or 12-month permits at any point in the year.
Each of our zones has a maximum capacity of permits we will grant; this is set at 85% of total parking in the zone. By having the cycle dates for Resident Parking Permit applications, it allows us to allocate permits based on our priority scale. The permit process is explained on our website: Residential parking zones (at.govt.nz)
Waste Collection Services
- Concern waste management services needs are being prioritised over those of rate paying residents.
This proposal prioritises safety, in line with our Vision Zero goal. This approach acknowledges that as people we all make mistakes; a mistake should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. It’s also an approach that values everyone using the road, not just those in vehicles. It is about caring for more vulnerable road users like people walking or cycling, children and the elderly. You can read more about this on our website: Vision Zero for the greater good
- Suggestion for residents to place bins at the end of the Home Street for collection on rubbish day.
22 properties would mean approximately 44 bins – there is not enough physical space at the end of Home Street and no space suitable for the waste truck to park while emptying the bins.
- Suggestion for rubbish truck to reverse into Home Street from Bond Street.
Reversing of large vehicles for more than 20m has been highlighted as a risk, and therefore we will not be recommending this.
- Concern that as rubbish trucks only need access for a short time period and the disadvantage of losing parking will be felt by residents constantly. Suggestions for a time-limited restriction during waste collection hours only.
We appreciate these concerns and suggestions and have made changes our proposal as a result.
- Concern driveway often gets blocked by parked cars due to lack of hockey lines.
Parking within 1m of a vehicle access point is illegal, and this is clearly outlined in the New Zealand Road Code. Motorists are expected to be aware of the road rules prior to operating a vehicle, and anyone parked in violation of these rules may be subject to enforcement. Therefore, if a vehicle is parked within 1m of your vehicle crossing and blocking your access, please phone our contact centre (09) 355 3553 with the vehicle details to request enforcement action.
- Suggestion to shorten broken yellow line restrictions so that they do not extend to the opposite of number 50 Home Street, and therefore would avoid the residents at number 50 Home Street from paying maintenance costs from vehicles turning in their driveway.
The proposed changes would stop vehicles from parking at the turning head, and therefore larger vehicles would be able to make use of the turning head to turn around, instead of the driveway at number 50 Home Street.
- Query as to why the turning head at the end of the cul-de-sac was not widened/improved as a part of the upgrades made to Home Street reserve recently.
The improvements to Home Street Reserve were an Auckland Council project that was completed prior to this problem being raised.
- Suggestion to open the road up to allow traffic to pass right through to King Street.
Opening the road would create a route for vehicles to use as a rat-run when attempting to avoid the traffic signals and traffic at the top of Bond Street, which in turn would increase congestion on the quiet, residential road that Home Street currently is.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing to extend the existing broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) at the end of the cul-de-sac of Home Street, Grey Lynn. Auckland Transport have received feedback from Waste Collection services about the lack of safe turning space in the cul-de-sac when vehicles park opposite to the turning head.
The changes we are proposing:
- Extend the existing yellow lines opposite the turning head of the cul-de-sac by approximately 14 metres. This will result in the loss of one legal car park.
These changes would make it safer for large vehicles (such as waste collection trucks), to safely turn in the turning head of Home Street. Currently, when vehicles are parked opposite the turning head, it is impossible for large vehicles to turn around and they are forced to reverse down the length of Home Street and out into Bond Street, which puts pedestrians and residents at risk due to limited visibility when reversing. This proposal aims to create a safe turning space for large vehicles and make Home Street a safer place for residents, cyclists, pedestrians, and visitors to the nearby park.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
Grey Lynn: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Home Street are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).