Published 22 July 2009
North Shore City Council’s strategy & finance committee has received 2 reports from a working group on town-centre parking, but done nothing to take a strategy forward.
It’s not something that needs to be left to the new Auckland Council, due to take over from the region’s existing territorial councils at next year’s elections, and it is something the local council needs to look at if the local strategy isn’t to be overwhelmed by a broader strategy being put in place by the Auckland Regional Council.
One of the conflicts may be over the issue of metered parking – seen on the wider level as a way of managing traffic, but seen locally as a way of driving business out of town.
The city council wanted a more co-ordinated strategy to replace local site rules and set up a working group in May to draft it. While the council wanted it done quickly, the working group figured a complex document needed to address all the issues would also require consultation, which couldn’t be done in the time left before the Auckland Council takes over.
So, rather than an overarching strategy, the group decided to consider parking issues by targeting current key problems in each town centre.
One specific issue was addressed by the full council in June, when it increased free parking at the Anzac & Killarney St carparks in Takapuna from one hour to 2 hours, and free after 8pm & at weekends.
This was in response to submitters on the council’s long-term plan, who said Takapuna was the only shopping centre in the city with paid parking, making it less competitive.
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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.