Published: 28 August 2005
Auckland City Council relaxed the rules for resident parking scheme eligibility on Thursday night, benefiting residents of heritage multi-unit dwellings.
The council manages resident parking schemes in areas where there is high demand for parking. Most schemes exempt permit-holders from parking time restrictions in specified areas.
“As Auckland continues to grow as an international city, managing parking becomes a balancing act to ensure on-street space is optimised for the people competing for use of it,” transport & urban linkages committee chairman Richard Simpson said.
“Managing parking in Auckland’s central suburbs is also one way of encouraging commuters to adopt sustainable travel alternatives, such as public transport.”
Residents of heritage multi-unit dwellings or heritage apartments in conservation areas, as noted in the council’s district plan, will now be able to apply for & renew resident parking permits in areas where the schemes exist.
“Purpose-built heritage apartment buildings form a special part of Auckland’s history. Many predate the car and were designed with a different Auckland in mind. They are important in defining the unique character of many of the city’s streets.
“Relaxing eligibility for resident parking schemes aims to ensure this character is protected and not compromised by the need to provide off-street parking.”
The council agreed to align the revised criteria for heritage building residents with its preference to provide parking time restriction exemptions for residents, in recognition that parking spaces have different uses at different times of the day. It also reflected the council’s commitment to protecting Auckland’s heritage.
“Resident parking schemes are there to give residents a better opportunity to find a car park in areas where parking is at a premium â€“ they don’t guarantee a parking space. Parking permits are just one option for residents, but the revised policy is a signal that the schemes are flexible as the city grows & develops,” Cllr Simpson said.
The council is writing to current permit-holders to explain the new criteria and how the scheme will be managed.
Heritage, multi-unit dwellings set to benefit from the new criteria are defined in the revised policy as:
scheduled or listed multi-unit (apartment) buildings, as noted in the council’s district plan
multi-unit dwellings located in conservation areas, as noted in the council’s district plan. For example, Parnell, Herne Bay, Freeman’s Bay, St Mary’s Bay & parts of Mt Eden & the cbd
cross-lease or multi-unit dwellings established as part of the original subdivision before 1920, assessed on a site-by-site basis
Other details about Heritage, multi-unit parking:
The council’s resident parking scheme policy is intended to give residents a better opportunity to find a parking space in areas under pressure from commuter parkers. The council develops schemes in conjunction with residents in each area
Resident exempt schemes allow permit-holders to park for longer than parking restrictions within a defined area. Resident-only schemes provide set areas where only vehicles displaying a permit may park
The number of permits issued under each scheme varies and is based on parking demand & the parking space available
The current policy, established in 2001, means residents of multi-unit dwellings aren’t able to apply for or renew parking permits. This was introduced to help balance the demand for kerb space in areas of increased development
No new resident-only permits are being issued. A review of this scheme is planned for 2007.