Smarter Ways to Manage Parking

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Ngā Ara Kokoi hei Whakahaere Papawaka

Thank you for your interest and to those who entered a submission, joined our webinars, commented on our social media posts, participated in our quick polls or spoke to us in person.

The final parking policy was adopted by the full Council on 26 August 2020. The agenda, reports and minutes for this meetings can be found here.

What's the new policy about?

The new policy provides a framework to guide future decision-making on the management of all Council-controlled parking spaces. This includes off-street parking and on-street parking, both free-of-charge (unrestricted) and those which incur a user-charge. Off-street parking includes parking areas at any of the Council’s parks, sports, recreation and other community facilities; and any off-street parking buildings that the Council controls.

The policy sets out objectives, high level principles, a parking space hierarchy (that prioritises the types of parking in different areas), area-based parking management guidance (that prioritises how we manage supply and demand). It also provides a new approach to setting parking fees and developing area-based parking management plans.

Revoked Policies

As a result of this decision, the Parking Policy 2007 and the Mobility Parking Policy 2005 are revoked and will be removed from the Wellington City Council website and replaced with the Parking Policy 2020 and the Mobility Parking Guidelines.

The Car Share Policy 2016 will also be revoked and removed from the Wellington City Council website once replacement Car Share Guidelines have been finalised. All the documents will be released on this website and the Wellington City Council website.

Feedback

You can find the details of the feedback we received through this website here. A document of all of the Parking Policy submissions, including feedback submitted via email or post, is available now and an engagement report on the consultation period is available here. A summary of the submissions is available here. During the Parking Policy consultation we hosted Ward-inars. You can view the recordings for those now and read the answers to some of the questions that were posed.


Ngā Ara Kokoi hei Whakahaere Papawaka

Thank you for your interest and to those who entered a submission, joined our webinars, commented on our social media posts, participated in our quick polls or spoke to us in person.

The final parking policy was adopted by the full Council on 26 August 2020. The agenda, reports and minutes for this meetings can be found here.

What's the new policy about?

The new policy provides a framework to guide future decision-making on the management of all Council-controlled parking spaces. This includes off-street parking and on-street parking, both free-of-charge (unrestricted) and those which incur a user-charge. Off-street parking includes parking areas at any of the Council’s parks, sports, recreation and other community facilities; and any off-street parking buildings that the Council controls.

The policy sets out objectives, high level principles, a parking space hierarchy (that prioritises the types of parking in different areas), area-based parking management guidance (that prioritises how we manage supply and demand). It also provides a new approach to setting parking fees and developing area-based parking management plans.

Revoked Policies

As a result of this decision, the Parking Policy 2007 and the Mobility Parking Policy 2005 are revoked and will be removed from the Wellington City Council website and replaced with the Parking Policy 2020 and the Mobility Parking Guidelines.

The Car Share Policy 2016 will also be revoked and removed from the Wellington City Council website once replacement Car Share Guidelines have been finalised. All the documents will be released on this website and the Wellington City Council website.

Feedback

You can find the details of the feedback we received through this website here. A document of all of the Parking Policy submissions, including feedback submitted via email or post, is available now and an engagement report on the consultation period is available here. A summary of the submissions is available here. During the Parking Policy consultation we hosted Ward-inars. You can view the recordings for those now and read the answers to some of the questions that were posed.


  • What we heard

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    14 Aug 2020
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    Consultation dashboard – Find out more about who’s been taking part in the consultation and what they said by viewing our interactive dashboard of submissions.

  • Public Engagement Update #2

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    23 Mar 2020
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    We have postponed public face-to-face engagement on this proposal in response to further closures as a results of the Covid-19 Level 4 announcement.

    A new submission deadline will be set once we are able to re-start our face-to-face engagement, our libraries re-open and we can set a new date for oral hearings.

    All comments, submissions and requests for oral hearings we have received so far have been collected and will be analysed with the data we collect when the process starts up again.

    For now, you can read about our proposals, make your submission and ask a question if you would like.

    Thank you for being part of Kōrero Mai | Let's Talk Wellington. We love hearing from Wellingtonians on what is important to them in their city. Please take a moment to update your profile to make sure you hear about opportunities to have your say in the future.

  • The results are in . . . Did you think key transport routes to and from the central city should have on-street parking removed at all times to prioritise the movement of traffic, safety, and prioritise public transport?

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    17 Mar 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on our final Quick Poll - should key transport routes to and from the central city have on-street parking removed at all times to prioritise the movement of traffic, safety and prioritise public transport? We appreciate all of the votes and discussion this question generated.

    At poll closure we received 179 votes, 71% said they think we should have on-street parking to and from key transport routes removed, and 29% said no.


    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • Keep pedestrian crossing a top priority

    • Spaces and parking for tradespeople are a priority and be available

    • Vehicles shouldn’t be parked on main roads as they slow the movement of people

    • Having buses that run on time will help move more people efficiently

    • Must make sure there are still parking spaces for those with mobility permits

    • Less cars parked on the street could mean less time buses get stuck in traffic

    Thank you for voting on our quick polls this last month. They are just one of the ways we are seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. Our formal consultation is now open, so please make sure to make a submission online or by post using a submission form available at your nearest local library.

  • Public Engagement Update

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    20 Mar 2020
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    We've had a few questions about the impact that Covid-19 will have in regards to our face to face engagement. We will continue to follow the advice from the Ministry of Health with regards to public facing engagement. This means we will review the situation daily and provide updates as required.



    In the mean time,

    • We are currently planning a public webinar for the week of 23rd March – webinars can be viewed live or watched at a later time when convenient.
    • We are adding an interactive Questions and Answers section to this website to provide the public with a way to ask us questions and see other questions and responses.
    • Hard copies of the documents and submission forms are available at our libraries and community centres, which, at this time, remain open to the public.
    • If further restrictions are introduced before the end of the consultation period we may consider extending the submission deadline.
    • The opportunity to make an oral submission will remain, however, depending on the situation at the end of April, these may get scheduled for later or held in a different way.
  • The results are in. . .Did you think we should charge all commercial street space users (such as taxi stands, loading zones, private bus/coach parking and micro-mobility schemes) for parking?

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    09 Mar 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on charging all commercial street space uses (such as taxi stands, loading zones, private bus/coach parking and micro-mobility schemes) for parking. We appreciate all of the votes and different opinions discussed.

    At poll closure we received 124 votes, 54% said they think we should charge all commercial street space users for parking, and 46% said no.


    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • Private vehicles cause as much, if not more, congestion in the city

    • An efficient bus system will help get cars off the street and reduce congestion

    • People want to park easily in the city

    • Consider introducing a specific space for rideshare vehicles to stop to pick up customers

    • The fees of taxis may raise if they are charged for parking, or the taxi would continue to circle the block or stop in other parking bays causing more congestion and emissions.

    Please continue to vote on our quick polls! They are just one of the ways we will be seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. This is the last week before our formal public consultation opens on 16 March.

    If you have registered here you will receive an email to tell you when the consultation is open.


  • The results are in . . . To help manage demand and encourage fewer cars per household, did you think we should restrict eligibility for residents parking permits to only one permit per household with no off-street parking?

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    02 Mar 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on managing demand and encouraging fewer cars per household by restricting eligibility for residents parking permits to only one permit per household with no off-street parking. It was great to see so much engagement on this topic.


    At poll closure we received 276 votes, 42% said they think we should restrict eligibility for only one residents parking permit per household with no off-street parking, and 58% said no.



    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • Reducing the amount of cars parked on the street would allow buses to move faster and provide a safer environment for people walking and cycling.

    • Some households have more than one car because people in the household start work at different times. If public transport started earlier in the morning multi car households might be able to reduce to one car, therefore reducing the number of permits they need.

    • Consideration needs to be given to shared housing situations such as flatting.

    • Off street parking spaces are often used for storage or rented out for commuter parking and the resident parks on the street. This takes up space that could be used by people who don't have off street parking.


    Please continue to vote on our quick polls! They are just one of the ways we will be seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. There are just a couple left before our formal public consultation opens on 16 March.

    If you have registered here you will receive an email to tell you when the consultation is open.

  • The results are in . . . Would you carpool to a sports field, pool or an event at a community centre if there was designated parking for those that carpool?

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    24 Feb 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on carpool parking at sports fields, pools or community centres. It is great to see your thoughts on the topic.

    At poll closure we received 50 votes, 62% said they would carpool to a sports field, pool or an event at a community centre if there was designated parking for those that carpool, and 38% said no.

    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • Support for public transport improvements to provide an alternative to driving a car

    • Holding matches/tournaments closer to where the teams are from to encourage more active transport

    • Difficult to monitor and enforce

    • Carpooling is not always an option when people are doing multiple trips at different destinations on the same day

    As we work towards reducing the city’s carbon emissions, making better uses of road space, and moving more people using fewer vehicles, we want to consider any and all options that could help us do so. Carpooling is one course of action that could lead towards achieving goals the city is striving towards.

    Please continue to vote on our quick polls! They are just one of the ways we will be seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. There are just a couple left before our formal public consultation opens on 16 March.

    If you have registered you will receive an email to tell you when the consultation is open.


  • The results are in . . . Would you give up your car for a car share scheme?

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    17 Feb 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on considering selling your car and joining a car share scheme instead. We are glad we were able to get interesting feedback on this particular topic.

    At poll closure we received 117 votes, 51% said Yes to giving up their car for a car share scheme, and 49% said No.

    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • This would be a feasible option if there were more car share vehicles and car share parking spaces in the city fringe/suburban centres/outer suburbs

    • Car share options can/do save major costs and extra car-owning responsibilities

    The cost data given to you came from estimates from the Automobile Association Dec 2018, and average scheme costs from the local car share companies. Car ownership costs vary due to many different factors (car size, fuel type, trip lengths, other personal situations, etc.), but we hope that the information provided was able to at least get you thinking about different driving options throughout and around the city.

    Please continue to vote on our quick polls! They are just one of the ways we will be seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. 16 March is when you will be able to have your say on our proposals through our formal public consultation.

    If you have registered here you will receive an email to tell you when the consultation is open.


  • Car Ownership Costs vs. Car Share Scheme Costs

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    10 Feb 2020
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    There are many factors that impact car ownership costs:

    • Age of the vehicle

    • Maintenance and running costs

    • The purchase price

    • The size of a car

    • Kilometres travelled

    These annual estimates do not include extra costs such as driver license renewal, extended warranties, breakdown service subscriptions, diesel road user charges, and additional parking.

    Car ownership costs for a small car (based on estimates from the Automobile Association Dec 2018)

    • $33.30 per day (including fixed and flexible costs, ie insurance, WOF, licensing, parking permits, fuel, repairs, maintenance etc)

    • $12,295 per year (including residents permit)

    Car share costs for a small car (based on individual trips rather than a weekly membership plan from local car share schemes in operation)

    • $15 per hour

    • $85 per day (capped amount; includes fuel, insurance, registration, maintenance, repair, city parking)

    • $3,650 - $5,475 per year (Driving a 10k-at-a-time trip once per day every day of the year would be approximately this much, give or take your distance)

    Therefore, a person could hire a car share for approximately 2.5 days per week every week of the year for the same cost as owning a car, with the added bonus of no annual parking permit fee, driving a modern electric vehicle, no responsibilities that come with car ownership, and not having to worry about depreciating value.

    **all costs are educated estimates, prices may differentiate on each individual person's situation**

    After reading this information, please vote in our quick poll for us to find out your thoughts!

  • The results are in . . . Would you be willing to move into a home that is in or close to the central city, but wouldn't have any spaces for parking?

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    10 Feb 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on moving into a home that is in or close to the central city, but wouldn’t have any spaces for parking. It was great to hear your thoughts on this particular topic. This week, the results were quite close!

    At poll closure we received 174 votes, 52% said Yes to moving without parking, and 48% said No.


    Among the feedback received on Facebook key themes were:

    • People would be willing to give up parking at their home if they could rely on another way to get in to the city
    • If there were other affordable transportation options, residents would consider giving up their car for an ideal home location
    • It may not work in some cases because there are jobs that require people to have a car and there aren’t as many suburb to suburb connections.


    Please continue to vote on our quick polls. They are just one of the ways we will be seeking your feedback on how we manage parking. In March we will be setting up in a number of suburban centres and in the city centre to talk to people about the proposals, so keep an eye out for us. You will also be able to have your say on our proposals through our formal public consultation.

    If you have registered here you will receive an email to tell you when the consultation is open.