Other key proposals

What do you think of our other key proposals?

Our costs are increasing and we are facing major financial pressures. Some key proposals to reduce pressure on rates are:

  • Introduce parking fees in suburban centre shopping precincts. This would affect Tawa, Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah, Northland, Karori, Aro Valley, Kelburn, Newtown, Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Miramar and Rongotai.
  • Introduce fees for motorcycle parking in the central city.
  • Close Khandallah pool and landscape the site, including improving flood mitigation and creating a new community space and entranceway into Khandallah Park.
  • Sell the Wadestown Community Centre.
  • Stop the annual mid-year fireworks display.
  • Close the Arapaki Service Centre and temporary library on Manners Street.
  • Not upgrade the Ian Galloway Park and Waitangi Park skate facilities.
  • Stop the planned transport improvements on Hutt Road.
  • Reduce spending on the bike network and sustainable street changes.
  • Stop the quarterly Our Wellington brochure.

Thank you for the interest in our parking proposals and for taking time to submit questions. We have used your questions so far to create a Parking FAQ on the right of this page. Please read the FAQs before submitting a new question as your query may already be answered.

Note: The question box is to enable us to provide any additional information to you to better inform your submission. We are unable to count any comment submitted in the questions box as a final submission.

To make a submission click here or email us at ltp@wcc.govt.nz

Read Other Key Proposals. Read a full list of proposed changes to fees and charges.

What do you think of our other key proposals?

Our costs are increasing and we are facing major financial pressures. Some key proposals to reduce pressure on rates are:

  • Introduce parking fees in suburban centre shopping precincts. This would affect Tawa, Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah, Northland, Karori, Aro Valley, Kelburn, Newtown, Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Miramar and Rongotai.
  • Introduce fees for motorcycle parking in the central city.
  • Close Khandallah pool and landscape the site, including improving flood mitigation and creating a new community space and entranceway into Khandallah Park.
  • Sell the Wadestown Community Centre.
  • Stop the annual mid-year fireworks display.
  • Close the Arapaki Service Centre and temporary library on Manners Street.
  • Not upgrade the Ian Galloway Park and Waitangi Park skate facilities.
  • Stop the planned transport improvements on Hutt Road.
  • Reduce spending on the bike network and sustainable street changes.
  • Stop the quarterly Our Wellington brochure.

Thank you for the interest in our parking proposals and for taking time to submit questions. We have used your questions so far to create a Parking FAQ on the right of this page. Please read the FAQs before submitting a new question as your query may already be answered.

Note: The question box is to enable us to provide any additional information to you to better inform your submission. We are unable to count any comment submitted in the questions box as a final submission.

To make a submission click here or email us at ltp@wcc.govt.nz

Read Other Key Proposals. Read a full list of proposed changes to fees and charges.

CLOSED: The question tool is now closed to allow the team time to answer all remaining questions ahead of consultation finishing on 12 May. If you have any questions that are not covered by those below, please email ltp@wcc.govt.nz

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  • If and when you are implementing the motorcycle paid parking, what is the council to do with regard to space allocation on these parks, and slightly related, what is the liability of the council for damages incurred through weather or other if not properly controlled, spaced and covered/protected? Or will the pay by plate allow for the use of car parks by motorbikes as well to allow for adequate space between vehicles? Also does this remove the new reliance on your street cars equipped with cameras to scan plates, as the motorbikes registration plates will be facing the footpath and buildings and not the road?

    Brandon asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora Brandon, 

    Thank you for your question and your interest in the Long-term Plan. 

    There are over 200 designated motorcycle parking areas across the city where people can park their motorcycles. These parks are not individually marked out, and there is no intention to do so.  

    As with vehicles that park in metered spaces, people using provided on-street motorcycle parking do so at their own risk. The Council takes no responsibility for any damage to vehicles or motorcycles parked in designated on-street spaces.  

    Motorcycles can park in on-street metered parking spaces designed for vehicles including pay by plate spaces, if they pay the applicable fee and do not exceed the applicable time restriction. Any motorcycle parking in a vehicle space and not paying the applicable fee is likely to be ticketed. 

    Enforcement of motorcycle parking areas is and will continue to be enforced by staff who currently patrol all paid parking areas. 

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • You really have to question the logic of the decision round parking fees in suburban areas. The council says. "Currently the full cost of un metered on-street parking is met by ratepayers" So inorder if meters are introduced there should be a reduction in cost to ratepayers. Q) What reduction in rates can ratepayers expect from implementing parking meters in suburbs? The council says the reasons for doing this are to "better manage high demand" and to take a consistent approach. Q) How does parking fees manage demand? Policing parking time limits might manage use but I can't see how fees would? Q) How would the council ensure fees were such that they did not limit who had access to facilities? E.g. would pensioners still be able to park outside their local library or doctor? Q) What benefits does consistency give the general public in regard to parking fees. The council noted the the "current scope" was to introduce fees in the central shopping areas" Q) What plans to extend this scope exist and what guarantee does the council provide that scope is limited and will not be expanded?

    DBz asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora DBz, 

    Thank you for your questions and your interest in the plan. 

    Q1. Should paid parking be introduced into suburbs, this would not result in rates reduction. Revenue from parking offsets any rates increases. In addition rates are a tax on property not for services provided such as parking services. 

    Q2. Details on managing parking is set out in our Parking Policy which is available in full here

    Q3. If the proposal is confirmed following the adoption of the 2024/34 Long Term Plan, then work would get underway to undertake detailed assessment (CBA) of the parking situation in each suburb before undertaking detailed consultation with each community before any final decision would be made. Consultation and Council decision making will be undertaken via the Traffic Resolution process.

    Q4. The original suburbs proposed were Tawa, Newlands, Island Bay, Johnsonville and Kilbirnie. At the February 2024 LTP committee meeting, Council took the decision to expand on the initial recommendation to now investigate additional surburban centre. The full list now includes Tawa, Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah, Northland, Karori, Aro Valley, Kelburn, Newtown, Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Miramar and Rongotai.  You can find the meeting minutes and recorded session here: Long-term Plan, Finance, and Performance Committee - 15 February 2024, 9.30AM - Meetings - Wellington City Council 

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • I would like to see your financial plan for the suburban parking. Without that plan, you should stop all expenditure on this idea. For many reasons it is not feasable.

    Daveplan asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora Daveplan, 

    Thank you for your question and your interest in the Long-term Plan. 

    We propose to introduce parking fees in the suburban centre shopping precincts to better manage high demand and to take a consistent approach across the city. 

    The assumptions used to determine expected revenue were calculated using the following assumptions:  

    • Hourly rate – Currently proposed at $4. 
    • The number of hours per day the parking fee will be enforce. The proposal assumes that fees will be charged seven days per week (or 353 days per year) and would be in force between the hours of 8am to 6pm. Would not apply on public holidays. 
    • Average occupancy is assumed to be 50% across all bays. 
    • Compliance – in terms of the number of people who pay for their parking session has been estimated at 80% 

     
     The proposed $4 charge also includes a GST component of 15%.  The original suburbs proposed were Tawa, Newlands, Island Bay, Johnsonville and Kilbirnie. 

    Revenue expectations for those suburbs and are listed below:  

    Suburb 

    Indicative revenue for metered parking 

    Tawa 

    $781,126 

    Newlands 

    $400,409 

    Island Bay 

    $380,717 

    Johnsonville 

    $249,435 

    Kilbirnie 

    $530,421 

    Total  

    $2,342,108 

     
     Note: These estimates are for those paying for metered parking. It does not include any revenue that may come from the enforcement process. 

    Currently the full cost of providing unmetered on-street parking is met by all rate payers regardless of whether they use on–street parking or not. These costs include the cost of road markings, signage, and the cost of enforcement.  

    Council is proposing to introduce parking fees in the suburban centre shopping precincts to better manage demand and to take a consistent approach across the city. If the proposal is confirmed following the adoption of the 2024/34 Long Term Plan, then work would get underway to undertake detailed assessment of the parking situation in each suburb before undertaking detailed consultation with each community before any final decision would be made. 

    At the February 2024 LTP committee meeting, Council took the decision to expand on the initial recommendation to now investigate additional surburban centre. The full list now includes Tawa, Johnsonville, Newlands, Khandallah, Northland, Karori, Aro Valley, Kelburn, Newtown, Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Miramar and Rongotai.  You can find the meeting minutes and recorded session here: Long-term Plan, Finance, and Performance Committee - 15 February 2024, 9.30AM - Meetings - Wellington City Council 

    The cost of enforcing the suburban parking will be met from existing resources, except for new Parking meters that will need to be installed at each individual site. Unfortunately, we are unable to disclose the cost of the parking meters as this information is commercially sensitive. 

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • Follow up questions I have regarding the future of Khandallah Pool: Noting you have confirmed my suspicion that the existing cost per user is very much comparable to your other pools, I question your follow-up statement: "The investment required to retain an ongoing pool at this site has been estimated to increase the ratepayer subsidy to approximately $60 to $80". This is obviously excessive and, if to be believed, would definitely bring one to the view the pool should not be redeveloped and should be closed. However I would like to know how exactly has this estimate been arrived at? This no doubt is a cost to operate a redeveloped, heated outdoor pool. Have you allowed for significantly increased usage due to it being heated? If so, what modelling have you applied (e.g. a very conservative projected increase if at all of usage where this has been applied to highlight the future operational costs do not stack up?) Potentially, have you also operationalised any of the redevelopment costs as part of this revised operational cost (again possibly to highlight revised cost as being an issue for its closure)? What consideration was taken as to a much more pragmatic option of a simple modern replacement of the changing room area needed for earthquake strengthening (i.e. no change to the existing operational cost, and much less costly capital option to keep it going)? Flood protection work I would argue is questionable for an outdoor summer pool. Where I'm coming from is I get the distinct impression WCC is purposing trying to highlight the unattractiveness of retaining this pool, simply because they want to cut their operational costs and this is viewed as one area they see they can do it. So in reality this has little to do with the viability of the continuation of the pool, whereas everything to do with mismanagement at the top, generally right across asset management and also around (very poor) prioritisation of investment/ investment decisions and the choices being made over a number of years. One word: shameful.

    EnJay asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora EnJay, 

    Thank you for your comments, questions and your interest in the plan. 

    The full Quantity Surveyor Report on the cost estimates can be downloaded from our Khandallah Pool project page here.

    To make a submission please click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here

    We are unable to count this comment in our final submissions, but will include it in general feedback. If you would like this comment to count as your submission please email us at ltp@wcc.govt.nz. Please note you can only submit once. 

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • Has council considered just upgrading the pool plant (and not heating) Khandallah Pool - instead of doing a full works upgrade as a cheaper option? Also, has council considered an opportunity for a long term lease to a swim or gym provider to take over the pool?

    Michelle Rush asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora Michelle, 

    Thank you for your questions and your interest in the plan. 

    In February 2022, Council discussed seven concepts of new investment for the future of the pool. This included: replacing the building, maintaining the current level of service, development within the existing pool tank, increasing the level of service by a full rebuild, creation of a splash pad, a potential commercial partnership for hot pools, and the creation of a landscape park. 

    More information on the options for the pool and how the consultation options were decided on is on the project webpage here.

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • For the majority of the cycleways around Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay, you will be lucky to see a cyclist every 4 hours, can you justify the expenditure ? Further, what is the purpose of introducing parking meters in the suburbs ? Have you considered the impact it would have to little local businesses ?

    Paul from Hataitai asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora Paul, 

    Thank you for your question and your interest in the Long-term Plan. 

    Cyclists contribute to the costs of the provision of cycle lanes and cycleways through their rates and taxes. We also receive funding for these projects from NZTA Waka Kotahi. Registration of bicycles is not proposed as part of the Long-term Plan. Registration of bicycles would require primary legislation (i.e., an Act of Parliament) and would therefore need to be initiated by central government. As far as the Wellington City Council is aware, this is not planned.  

    Currently the full cost of providing unmetered on-street parking is met by all rate payers regardless of whether they use on–street parking or not. These costs include the cost of road markings, signage and the cost of enforcement.

    The Council is proposing that a greater proportion of these costs are met by those using the on-street parking and through that reduce the proportion that is funded through general rates.

    We are therefore proposing to introduce a parking fee for motorcycle parking in the central city motorcycle parking bays to encourage turnover and to meet the criteria referred above.  

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • Regarding motorcycle parking fees. Why would your goal be to reduce demand? People are opting to choose to ride a motorcycle which reduces spaces required, environmental impact, and traffic on our roads. We should all be transitioning into these types of transportation and not discouraged through penalties. You’ve netted 40 million dollars in parking fees and there’s now less places to park every year. At $2.50 an hour with 5 bikes to 1 car park this is a ridiculous increase in revenue. You’ve built cycle ways everywhere are you going to start charging to lock up our bicycles in the city when everyone starts using them more??

    NickTT asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora NickTT, 

    Thank you for your question and your interest in the Long-term Plan. 

    Motorcycles and mopeds are a good alternative to private vehicle use as they use less space than cars on our streets. As we work to rebalance our streets to ensure the city is future-proofed for growth and traffic doesn’t grind to a halt, we are looking to enable those who can, to easily choose to walk, bike or take public transport. Motorbikes and Mopeds have greater emissions than these preferred modes. As a result, it is not Wellington City Council policy to incentivize motorcycle use.

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • Can you explain why your response below is selective? Commuting into Wellington is not practical by bicycle and public transport is more expensive, unreliable and far more time consuming than the equivalent commuting PTW. Public transport trains and buses use high emissions dieasel fuels imported by ships burning 2000l liters of dirty fuel oil every hour (some one million tones per year) and why is this not taken into account? "Motorcycles and mopeds are a good alternative to to private vehicle use as they use less space than cars on our streets. As we work to rebalance our streets to ensure the city is future-proofed for growth and traffic doesn’t grind to a halt, we are looking to enable those who can, to easily choose to walk, bike or take public transport. Motorbikes and Mopeds have greater emissions than these preferred modes. As a result, it is not Wellington City Council policy to incentivise motorcycle use.

    DE asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora DE, 

    Thank you for your question and your interest in the Long-term Plan. 

    Our transport plan is about creating options. This is so those that want to walk, bike, or bus can do so easier and safer. The outcome of this will mean better transport options for all and will reduce the pressure on our streets, keep our city moving - leading to improved travel for those that choose to drive. More information on our transport projects is here.

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • You are currently undertaking a Community Facilities Review however the results seem to have already been decided with a statement in the LTP that WCC will “Review and prioritise multi-year grants with a focus on maintaining or reducing grants”. Your comments?

    PhilBrooklyn asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora PhilBrooklyn, 

    Thank you for your questions and your interest in the plan. 

    The Community Facilities Review has been completed and the final plan, Te Awe Māpara, can be viewed here.

    The plan includes 58 actions to undertake a variety of investigations, in partnership with the community, in response to identified delivery or facility issues. The plan for how and when these actions will be carried out is being developed. 

    Our grants programme is separate to this work and funding is allocated through the Pītau Pūmanawa Grants Subcommittee. Through the development of the Long-term Plan it was decided to review and prioritise our multi-year grants.

    If you are ready to make a submission click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here.

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

  • Regarding the proposed implementation of parking fees in Johnsonville, will there be expansion of availability for parking to support the utilisation of public transportation? It is currently woefully inadequate and I fear it would be compounded with the proposed motorcycle parking fees for those who currently ride, with a proportion deciding the incentive to do so was removed. For families and individuals who are already looking to make ends meet and/or reduce environmental impact (and cycling is not an option) are there some solutions and options in the works to avoid a shift of the problem to neighbouring suburbs and streets?

    Page asked about 2 months ago

    Kia ora Page, 

    Thank you for your comments on Parking and interest in our plan. 

    There is no plan in the Wellington City Council Long-term Plan for more park-and-ride facilities as public transport hubs are the responsibility of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. 

    To make a submission please click here. Or download a hardcopy submission form here

    Ngā mihi  

    The Long-term Plan Engagement Team

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