Proposal status: Feedback closed 31 January 2020, last updated 20 August 2020.
Reference number: RTV-274
In January 2020, we proposed changes in your area
In January 2020, we proposed P72 Hour (3-day) At All Times parking restrictions along Kennedy Point Road in Surfdale. This proposal responded to concerns from residents about low parking availability due to cars parking long-term on the road. Residents also expressed concerns about parked vehicles blocking visibility at vehicle entrances. This proposal aims to improve parking turnover and availability for residents and visitors. The restrictions are expected to reduce parking occupancy and improve visibility and safety on the street.
We have listened to community feedback and have decided that this proposal will not proceed to the next stage of detailed planning. The Waiheke Local Board is supportive of this decision. The feedback we received was mixed, with 46% objecting to the proposed parking restrictions and the majority only supporting the proposal if it included a provision for parking permits which would exempt residents from the restrictions. We also received significant requests to provide parking permits which would exempt residents from the restrictions. While Auckland Transport understands the desire for a residential parking scheme, parking permits are usually implemented in urban heritage fringe suburbs around the central city where there is very limited off-street parking availability. Kennedy Point Road is not considered within this profile and is rural in nature. Therefore, residential permits would not be considered appropriate. There were many responses reflecting this, and concerns that the restriction would compromise Kennedy Point Road as a rural location.
In light of the fact that many residents did not support the original proposal without resident exemption, Auckland Transport will not be proceeding with the proposal at this stage. It is however clear that there is an issue which requires further investigation. We will therefore continue to monitor the area to assess the extent of the problem and whether the bus service will reduce the parking issues on Kennedy Point Road.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of our responses to community questions and concerns is below.
- Respondents requested for more trailer carparks.
Auckland Transport only has limited parking availability at Kennedy Point. Allocating more parking for boat trailers would be at the expense of wider short-term parking which could potentially worsen the existing parking issue.
- Concern that cars parked on both sides of the road impedes emergency access.
Kennedy Point Road is 8.4m in width and a car parked on both sides would make it 4m in width. The advised width required for an emergency vehicle is 2.8m and therefore cars parked on both sides of the road here do not negatively impact emergency access.
- Respondents requested for broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on Kennedy Point Road.
This suggestion has been considered in this situation, but this type of restriction was found not to be necessary.
- Multiple requests from respondents for a bus to serve the area.
The new Kennedy Point 501 bus service was launched on 31 May 2020. This service has around 500 users a week, with 1 in 3 boarding at the new Kennedy Point Ferry Terminal stop.
- Suggestion that those who own a mooring off Kennedy Point Road should have available unrestricted parking.
Unfortunately, there is not enough space to provide this at Kennedy Point Road.
This proposal will not proceed to the next stage of detailed planning. It is however clear that there is an issue which requires further investigation. We will therefore continue to monitor the area to assess the extent of the problem and whether the bus service will reduce the parking issues on Kennedy Point Road.