Proposal status: Feedback closed 16 March 2020, last updated 4 May 2020
Reference number: RTV-284
In March 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve parking availability, we proposed a change to P120 (2-hour) parking restrictions, outside the local businesses occupying 2-8 and 10, on the north eastern side of Maurice Road, Penrose. Our proposal responded to requests from the community to manage parking for businesses during peak hours.
The suggested P120 time parking restrictions would be Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. The proposal involved the removal of 32 car parking spaces.
We have listened to community feedback and have decided that this proposal will proceed with some changes to the next stage of detailed planning. The changes include a reduction in parking loss on Maurice Road.
Most respondents felt negatively towards the proposal to change 32 unlimited parking spaces into P120 (2-hour time) restricted parking spaces. Therefore, taking the feedback and concerns of the community into consideration, we will be reducing the number of spaces from 32 to 12 which will be located outside number 6 to 10 on the north-eastern side of Maurice Road. The spaces will also be accompanied by appropriate signage which will be placed every 100 metres on the road. The intention of this proposal is to ensure that these 12 on-street parking spaces are available for a variety of users at a range of times and encourage parking turnover which will benefit all in the area long term.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern about losing all day parking availability for employees and concern that the proposed time restrictions are during working hours and therefore means employees won’t be able to use the parking. On-street parking is a public asset which companies and business should not rely on for any shortfall of parking for employees or visitors to their place of business. As on-street parking is a public asset, it can be changed at any time for future street projects and improvements which the Council or Auckland transport deem required.
- Concern that there is no suitable public transportation for workers to arrive to work (on time) without these parking spaces. Due to the limited on-street parking spaces around town centres and commercial areas, Auckland Transport supports the use of alternate travel modes, such as public transport, as an alternative to the private vehicle. However, if having a private vehicle is the only travel option available, we suggest that motorists’ park further away in areas that are unrestricted.
There are bus stop services on outside 161 and 176 Station Road. On the southern side of Maurice Road, there are also bus stops on Church Street outside number 373, 343 and at number 322 Church Street on the opposite side, which are all within walking distance of Maurice Road.
- Concern that the P120 is not suitable for employees as many businesses do not have allocated parking for staff and need on road parking. The proposal aims to improve parking availability and bring the occupancy level as close as possible to 85% at peak times. This is considered an optimum level of use where parking is well utilised, but some spaces are always available for the visitors.
The reason behind the proposed change is that people visiting Maurice Road were not able to find parking anytime of the day during business hours 8am to 6pm and during the working week. P120 time restrictions are recommended in the parking strategy for fringes of town centres where more than 85% of the available parking spaces are occupied. This is applicable to mixed-use as well as retail areas. Site occupancy visits showed us that Maurice Road had more than 85% parking occupancy from 8am to 6pm on any given day of the week, which is the main reason for the proposed change.
AT is confident that the proposed improvements would bring the occupancy levels within the acceptable limits. AT would look to extend the restriction if occupancy is above 85% level during peak times in future.
- Concerns about increased parking demand in the unrestricted parking areas resulting in a scarcity of long stay parking. Auckland Transport is not taking away all the on-street parking on Maurice Road. We are only proposing one side of the road to be P120, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Parking will be still available to all the public at no cost, merely on a restricted time of P120 (2-hour time limit). As previously mentioned, the proposal aims to improve parking availability and bring the occupancy level as close as possible to 85% at peak times where parking is well utilised, but spaces are still available for visitors.
- Concern that there are already broken yellow lines restrictions and ‘no parking’ buildings in the area. We will take this into consideration on our final design for the on-street parking layout.
- Suggestion that this area does not need restricted parking as there are no retail shops, so visitors are limited. The intention of this proposal is to ensure that on-street parking is available for a variety of users at a range of times. Introducing parking restrictions on Maurice Road is to discourage long-term parking and encourage parking turnover which will benefit all in the area in the long-term.
- Suggestion that employees of the industrial area be able to park on the roadside during working hours or use the council owned Mt Smart Stadium parking as part of an alternative parking plan. Auckland Transport recommend companies to source any private paid parking for any short fall requirements for staff and any business needs.
- Concerns that the primary function of industry in this area is being overlooked and the P120 parking restrictions are better suited to areas and streets where retail, office, community centres, or entertainment venues are a common activity. We understand that this is an industrial, mixed-use area and that most businesses have off-street parking. The intention of this proposal is to ensure that on-street parking is available for a variety of users at a range of times.
- Concern that businesses were informed by only signs placed on Maurice Road. Community feedback is extremely important to our consultation process and we always attempt to consult with the people and businesses affected by our proposals. As part of this consultation, we sent information by way of post, email and providing information online. Furthermore, as Maurice Road is classed as an industrial, mixed-use area, we placed signs to alert members of the community passing or who worked in the area that may have been missed in the previously mentioned consultation methods.
This work will happen between July and August 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.