Proposal status: Feedback closed 22 October 2021. Last updated 17 November 2021.
Reference number: RTV-382
In October 2021, we proposed changes to improve parking turnover and availability in Wadier Place, Henderson. These changes are in response to a community request for Auckland Transport to improve the availability of parking for visitors to Wadier Place.
After reviewing all of the feedback we received, this project will proceed with one minor change:
- The two existing P30 (maximum 30 minutes) parking spaces will remain unchanged.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be implemented in February/March 2022.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge.
Most of the feedback we received supported the proposed parking changes in this location. Community members shared their observations that finding parking in Wadier Place can be very difficult and that they feel the proposed solution would create a fairer arrangement for all residents in the street overall. Respondents also noted that they often see vehicles parking all day in Wadier Place all day, which is contributing to the lack of parking availability. We also received feedback that family members and friends of residents at Waitakere Gardens and Bupa Tasman Care Home have trouble finding parking when they are visiting. A summary of additional feedback and concerns, and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern that residents with more than one vehicle and only one-off street parking space will be negatively impacted by these changes. Suggestion to retain long-term parking spaces on one side of Wadier Place. Belief that residents have a right to park long-term in the street. Auckland Transport (AT) is committed to an approach to parking management and supply which is sustainable in the long term. Therefore, our focus is on promoting the efficient use of the existing public parking resource in the first instance. Parking spaces in town centres are a valuable and finite public asset. Parking restrictions discourage developers from passing on the cost of parking, discourage current residents from relying on unrestricted on-street parking and they encourage turnover, making it easier for those looking for a parking space to find one. This area is zoned as a Business-Metropolitan centre under the Unitary plan. This zoning allows for high density intensive housing. This means that there are many more residents in this area than there are parking spaces. As per AT’s Parking Strategy, parking demand in these areas needs to be managed to promote short-term parking over long-term parking, leading to increased turnover and improved parking availability. Metropolitan centres are well-connected in terms of public transport and the objective is to reduce reliance on private vehicles and car ownership and to promote other modes of transport. The intensified nature of high-density residential apartments has a direct impact on limited on-street parking and hence the limited kerbside parking will never be enough to meet demand from several apartment blocks on the street. Apartments are now being developed with little or no parking on-site primarily in the areas that are considered well-connected to amenities, including public transport. However, the final decision to buy or rent these units/ houses remain with individuals and hence it is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they have enough off-street parking on their property to meet their parking needs. AT recommends not to rely on on-street parking as it may be removed or redesigned to meet wider strategic objectives of an area or street.
- Concern that visitors to residents in Wadier Place will now not be able to visit for longer than two hours. Two-hour restrictions are sufficient for most visitors during the day. However, the restrictions will only be from 8am-6pm – so overnight visitors will be able to park after 4pm and not have to move their vehicle until 10am the following day.
- Concern as to how parking restrictions will impact construction workers, service people and contractors who may need to park to work at properties in Wadier Place for longer than 2 hours. The issue highlighted is common across the region for those businesses that do not have sufficient staff or visitor parking. It is each businesses’ responsibility to ensure they have enough parking to meet their needs.
- Concern that increased vehicle activity as a result of new parking restrictions could decrease the level of safety in the street. More parking availability should result in less congestion and reduced frustration of those unable to find a space. The road already has traffic calming measures to reduce vehicle speeds.
- Request to improve signage and road markings for the P15 parking spaces. Suggestion for these markings to be blue to differentiate as P15 spaces. The signage and markings must comply with regulations (Land Transport NZ Traffic Control Devices specifications (TCD)). The existing signage complies with TCD, but blue markings would not comply.
- Request for new white parking spaces lines to be marked in Wadier Place. Vehicles vary in length and we can achieve more efficient use of the parking spaces for different length of vehicles if we don’t mark them. Moreover, these markings are only advisory and if vehicles park over the two marked bays, we will not be able to enforce them. With regards to white marking either side of vehicle entrances, Auckland Transport is of the opinion that the installation of parking space lines is neither effective nor required, as the responsibility clearly lies with the driver of the vehicle. They are normally only used where multiple infringements have been issued for obstructed vehicle entrances.
- Concerns about noise and fighting on Wadier from certain residents and guests loitering near parked vehicles on the street. Observation that other residents have become fearful over these events. This is a matter for NZ Police. Please report any social issues directly to them by calling 105 for non-emergencies or 111 if it is an emergency.
- Request that broken yellow lines are painted on the eastern side of Sel Peacock Drive at the intersection with Wadier place. Observations that traffic travelling down Sel Peacock Drive (from the police station end' & turning right into Wadier Place) move into a 'right turning lane' leaving very limited room for other traffic travelling down the road, causing near misses and wing mirror collision incidents.
- Suggestion to install pedestrian protection measures in the turning bay from Great North Road to Alderman Drive. These requests have been forwarded to our Transportation Engineers for investigation and consideration.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
In response to a community request, we are proposing to install parking restrictions in Wadier Place, Henderson.
The changes we are proposing:
- Implementing P120 (maximum 2 hour) parking restrictions 8am-6pm Monday-Friday along Wadier Place, Henderson. The existing P15 parking restrictions will remain.
These changes will restrict people from parking in Wadier Place long term, which will improve parking turnover and therefore increase the availability of parking in the area for people visiting residents in the street.
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 consider 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.
Henderson: 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 Wadier Place 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).