AT wants your feedback on a proposed parking scheme for 3 areas in Northcote Point. Each area has different parking controls and restrictions proposed.
Feedback status: consultation closed 7 August 2016.
The proposed parking controls take into account the Northcote safe cycle route project.
The purpose of this proposed parking scheme is to assist with the management of the potential increase in parking demand associated with SkyPath - the proposed walking and cycling path across the Harbour Bridge. If constructed, SkyPath will land at the southern end of Princes Street in Northcote Point.
While it is expected that many people using SkyPath will walk or cycle to the facility, some may choose to travel to the area by car.
The unrestricted parking on residential streets around Northcote Point could be attractive for people using SkyPath, particularly on weekends during summer. This could result in a lack of parking for local residents and other visitors to the area.
Proposal details: the 3 parking areas
Area 1: Wharf and lower Queen Street
This area covers the southern end of Queen Street, from the roundabout to the wharf.
For Area 1 we proposed to:
- Convert 30 parking spaces in this area to P240 (four hour) parking time restrictions between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Sunday.
- Keep the rest of the parking in the area unrestricted.
This proposal aimed to keep on-street parking available for a variety of users, including ferry travellers and those attending events at the wharf.
Result for Area 1
We have decided to implement the loading zone outside of The Wharf events venue immediately. Then, if SkyPath goes ahead we will:
- implement the proposed P240 time restrictions and the pick-up/drop-off spaces for the opening day of SkyPath, or when construction begins if there is an impact on this area.
- implement 8-10 T2 (carpool) parking spaces for the opening day of SkyPath (following consultation with The Wharf events venue).
We will also investigate whether additional parallel parking could be provided on the eastern kerb of Queen Street, just south of the roundabout.
Area 2: Residential
This area covers the main residential area in Northcote Point. We sought your feedback on two different parking options for this area.
The first option was to install time restrictions on sections of each street. This would mean:
- 15 - 20% of the on-street parking in the area will have P60 (one hour) time restrictions between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Sunday.
- The remaining parking in the area will remain unrestricted.
If SkyPath generates high parking demand at certain times (such as during the day on summer weekends) this option ensures that some parking remains available for local residents and their visitors.
The second option is to establish a Residential Parking Zone with parking restrictions. This will mean:
- All parking within the area will have P60 (one hour) time restrictions between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Sunday.
- Residents can apply for parking permits which lets them park without a time restriction. One-day permits for visitors will also be available.
This option is a stronger from of control which is more likely to deter SkyPath users from parking in the area, but would also come with some cost for residents.
If you are interested in this option, please understand and consider the restrictions and potential costs. Find out more about Residential Parking Zones.
Result for Area 2
We have decided that closer to the opening of SkyPath, we will re-consult on an amended version of option A for the area with a reduced area of P60 time restrictions on approximately 20% of each street. The reduced area would cover all streets south of Duke Street.
After SkyPath has been operational for three months, we will assess any impacts on parking. If there is significant parking pressure under the amended proposal, we will re-consult on the Residential Parking Zone option B (under an expedited process), with a view to implement it as quickly as possible if supported.
It is important to note, SkyPath’s consent conditions will limit the number of people who can use SkyPath in the first few months to reduce the impact on the community.
Area 3: Northcote Point shops
This area covers the key intersections around the Northcote Point shops.
For Area 3 we proposed to:
- Limit 12 parking spaces in this area to P120 (two hour) time restrictions between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Sunday.
- Limit 20 parking spaces in this area to P180 (three hour) time restrictions between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Sunday.
- Leave the rest of the parking in this area unchanged (remaining parking spaces will either be unrestricted, or keep their current time limits).
This proposal aimed to keep parking available for people visiting local businesses.
Result for Area 3
If SkyPath goes ahead and has been operational for three months, we will assess any impacts on parking then. If there are significant parking pressures, we will re-consult on the proposed restrictions with a view to implement them as quickly as possible if supported.
We will investigate opportunities for additional P180 time restrictions around the Bridgeway Theatre, and include this option in any future public consultation. We will also investigate opportunities for additional mobility parking regardless of whether SkyPath goes ahead.
AT received 343 feedback submissions in total. After considering the feedback received, decisions were made for the three areas within Northcote Point. The results are summarised under each of the areas.
Thank you to those who submitted on AT’s proposed parking scheme for Northcote Point. Your time and effort is appreciated.
Download the full public feedback and decisions report (PDF 2.7MB).
SkyPath was issued a resource consent by Independent Hearing Commissioners in July 2015. This was then appealed by three parties; the Herne Bay Residents' Association, the Northcote Residents' Association and the Northcote Heritage Preservation Society.
All parties agreed to go through an Environment Court mediation process, but did not reach an agreement. An appeal for a hearing in the Environment Court is scheduled for later in 2016.
The Environment Court instructed the SkyPath applicant and AT to consult with the Northcote Point community on parking measures to assist with managing the potential increase in parking demand associated with SkyPath (if SkyPath goes ahead). Consequently, AT developed and sought feedback on a proposed parking scheme for the Northcote Point area.
For more information on SkyPath, visit the SkyPath website.
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