While Auckland Transport has extended the consultation period on its comprehensive document on parking around the region, the organisation’s parent, Auckland Council, will consider a parking policy change tomorrow which could have more immediate consequences.
The consultation period on the Auckland Transport document has been extended by a month, now closing on Thursday 31 July.
The council’s regional strategy committee will consider recommendations tomorrow which include adopting a price adjustment policy for the council’s 4 cbd parking buildings, to come into effect immediately.
Its principal change would be to give priority to short-term users over commuter parking.
Management of onstreet parking was handed to Auckland Transport as part of the division of responsibilities when Auckland Council & its group of council-controlled organisations were established in 2010.
Auckland Transport also manages the cbd parking buildings, but doesn’t control policy over matters such as pricing.
The resolution before the committee tomorrow starts with a couple of points on parking at council libraries, then moves on to delegating to Auckland Transport management, control & enforcement of all council offstreet parking.
Next is a proposal to adopt, as an interim measure, the newly written price adjustment policy for council-owned offstreet parking in the cbd – the Downtown, Victoria St, Fanshawe St & Civic carparks – until the wider parking strategic objectives can be finalised.
The policy contains principles & methods for the flexible management of these carparks “to achieve council goals for the city centre”.
The report to the committee says: “Early adoption of the interim cbd price adjustment policy is sought primarily because the council-owned inner-city carpark buildings are becoming full more frequently, meaning that people wanting to conduct business or visit the city centre for recreation & shopping are struggling to find parking. Changes to pricing structures for different parking products (earlybird or short stay) are needed to balance the needs of all users and make effective use of public resources.”
Links: Committee agenda item, Delegation of further off-street parking responsibilities to Auckland Transport
AT parking discussion document
Attribution: Council report.