Proposal status: Feedback closed 16 December 2019, last updated 17 January 2020.
Reference number: RTV-271
We've proposed changes in your area
In November 2019, we proposed to convert approximately 13 unrestricted parking spaces and 3 existing P60 spaces to P120 parking restrictions along a section of Portage Road, New Lynn. These restrictions will operate from Monday-Sunday, from 8am-6pm. This proposal was a response to requests from local businesses for time-restricted parking due to cars being parked long-term along the road and reducing available customer parking.
The proposed changes will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being implemented. 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.
- Many respondents supported the proposal, noting that the new short-term parking restriction will increase available parking for residents and visitors.
Thank you for the support. We hope the new restrictions will resolve the current parking concerns.
- Request that both sides of the road should be changed to 120 parking and fully separated cycle lanes should be constructed to prevent parking in bike lanes.
The area will be monitored by our parking officers to prevent illegal parking. Our planning process found that having P120 parking on one side of Portage Road, and unrestricted parking on the other side will provide a good mix of parking for all needs. Providing fully separated cycle lanes is outside the scope of this proposal, but we will pass this request onto the relevant teams.
- Concern that this proposal only helps the cafeteria.
The proposal aims to help all local businesses, by encouraging parking turnover in the area to attract more customers.
- Multiple concerns relating to already insufficient parking.
We understand these concerns, which is why we will not be removing any parking. The proposal aims to address parking concerns by improving the parking mix in the area. Parking assessments carried out by Auckland Transport have found that there is enough existing unrestricted and off-street available parking in the area for those wanting to stay more than two hours.
- Request that AT make the currently unmarked parking space available on McWhirter Place with angled parking as that would increase the number of spaces.
Adding road markings here would not increase the number of parking spaces, as this area is already used as angled parking. Also, such road markings would simply be advisory, and cannot be enforced so there is nothing to stop people parking across or outside the markings. Considering this, it would not be an appropriate option.
- Request to leave the current P60 parking spaces as P60 rather than convert them to P120.
To prevent confusion from multiple time restrictions in the area, the current P60 spaces will be converted to P120.
- Various requests to reduce or increase the number of proposed P120 spaces.
The proposed number of spaces are suitable for the parking demand of the area according to parking assessments carried out by Auckland Transport.
- Suggestion that a Monday to Friday time restriction would suffice, or that parking restrictions not apply on Sundays.
Auckland Transport found that there is demand for parking here 7 days a week, as there are businesses that operate on the weekend. Therefore, a 7-day restriction is appropriate.
- Request that the parking spaces along Portage Road be shortened to allow for more spaces, as they are unnecessarily long.
The parking spaces shown in the plan are marked out at 6 metres as per Auckland Transports requirements for parallel parking spaces.
- A request for Auckland Transport to suggest that local businesses encourage their staff to take alternative modes of transport to work such as the New Lynn transport hub or cycling rather than driving.
Auckland Transport promotes public transport options within its focus to offer genuine travel choices, as well as cycling and walking. However, it is down to individual people and businesses to use these. This proposal is part of improving Auckland’s transport network, by making the existing parking and road facilities better for all road users.
- Request to look at Morningside Street as well, as similar issues with parking are happening there.
This is outside the scope of this proposal, but we will consider it for a future project.
These works are planned for February 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.