Auckland Transport’s (AT) draft Parking Strategy proposes changes to how parking is managed across the city. The proposals are out for public consultation this month.
An updated parking strategy has been prepared in response to legislative and policy changes from the Government and Auckland Council, which include the removal of onsite car parking requirements for new housing developments.
AT’s draft strategy aims to reduce the use of private cars, replacing this with an increase in the use of public transport and things like cycling and walking.
This means changing how the road corridors are used, designing them around the movement of people rather than just cars.
AT says these changes will benefit drivers too, by reducing gridlock. The draft includes a proposal to charge for parking at park ‘n’ rides. AT estimates that the fees would be in the range of approximately $2-$4 per day initially.
The plan also includes new ways of managing on-street parking. There are different responses suggested for city centres, town centres and suburban areas. Silverdale and Whangaparāoa are noted as Tier 2, which is focused on encouraging a shift to sustainable transport modes, while supporting short stay parking. Parking Management Plans will be developed for these areas, in consultation with the community and local board.
Any changes adopted by AT will be rolled out progressively over the next 10 years and individual communities will be consulted with. The feedback period began at the start of April and ends on May 1. Info: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say/