Auckland Transport

Parnell - Introduction of paid parking

Consultation status: closed 25 August 2017

Proposal reference: 

We are proposing to introduce following changes:

  • Introduce a paid parking zone with no time limits, which will operate between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, with a tariff of $2.50 an hour for the first two hours and $5 an hour thereafter. The Zone will allow 10 minutes free parking, all other general time restrictions will be removed.
  • Introduce a single parking space in the angle parking outside 125 The Strand dedicated to the car share scheme being operated by City Hop.
  • Introduce two new P5 Loading Zones - Goods Vehicles Only, one on St Georges Bay Road and another on Kenwyn Street, in addition to relocating an existing Loading Zone on St Georges Bay Road. The existing Loading Zone on Garfield Street will be retained.
  • In order to make effective use of the last narrow space in the angle parking on Watt Street, we can convert the adjacent space into motorcycle parking.

Why the changes are needed

We have undertaken extensive research and analysis on parking in the area and concluded that current parking restrictions are ineffective and unsupportive of local businesses. On a weekday, the peak average parking occupancy is 94%, showing parking is at full capacity. However, only 2% of the vehicles parked were registered from the area, proving very low use by residents.

Furthermore, the average length of stay on Kenwyn Street and Watt Street was 5 hours 36 minutes and 3 hours 48 minutes respectively, suggesting people are not using this parking to visit businesses in the area.

We have prioritised this area to ameliorate the impact of displaced parking from the Parnell residential zone into this business/mixed use area. Residential areas west of this proposal will be consulted on separately later in 2017.

Download the consultation drawing showing introduction of paid parking in Parnell (PDF 2MB)

Feedback

The proposal received considerable, mixed feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with the following changes to the next stage of detailed planning:

  • New mobility parking restriction outside No 91-95.
  • The City Hop car share restriction will now be located outside No 91-95.
  • The location of the proposed loading zones have been amended following feedback from the users.
  • New loading zone and bus parking restriction.

Below is some of the specific feedback we received regarding this proposal. Here is a more comprehensive breakdown of the feedback.

Specific feedback

  • Loss of parking for staff and residents. We would not advise relying on on-street parking for staff and residents, this is a public asset and can be subject to change or removal.
  • Request for residential parking permits. This area is zoned as Mixed Use Business, and while there are residential elements, the focus is on business. Most residential elements provide off-street parking, therefore, we do not intend providing residential exemptions. Residential parking schemes usually focus on fringe suburbs with no off-street parking which are under pressure from CBD commuter parking, such as Freemans Bay in Ponsonby or other areas of Parnell.
  • Time restricted parking instead of paid parking. Time restrictions generally have limited impact on parking availability.  All day parking is a user pay system which we believe is a more effective parking solution.
  • Price of parking is too high. The fees are structured so that the first two hours are at a cheaper rate to encourage short term parking. The policy of demand responsive pricing allows us to reduce the price to achieve an 85% occupancy rate.

Next steps

We are now proposing to proceed to the next stage of the process, prior to making recommendations to the Traffic Control Committee. Should there be any further revisions as a result of subsequent work we will communicate these on this page.

We expect to introduce this work in the 2017/18 financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues.

Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.