Auckland Council can no longer require new developments to provide carparks.
The minimum of one carpark per dwelling (in residential areas) that was previously required under the Auckland Unitary Plan had to be removed this month due to the government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development.
Council planners are now deep in discussions about what regulations could be amended to solve potential parking overflow problems and other “poor development outcomes”.
A Council planner told Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members at this month’s workshop that there are concerns around accessible parking; emergency services access; private pedestrian access where there is no vehicle access; pick up and drop off facilities, and cycle access and storage (currently only required if there are 20 units or more).
Currently accessible parking is only required when general parking spaces are provided, and Council is concerned that more developments will therefore not have to provide it.
Staff will present a report to next month’s Planning Committee seeking endorsement for changes to the Unitary Plan designed to deal with some of those issues.
In the coming months they will also test some ideas out with a few key developers, the staff member said.