Proposed parking changes
Location: Union Street East between Union Place and Anzac Ave, Harbour Terrace between Union and St David Streets, Forth Street between Union Street and Leithbank, Clyde Street between Union and Albany Streets, and Albany Street between Clyde and Hyde Streets.
Proposal: Change unrestricted parking in this area to $1.00 per hour with no time restriction (maximum $9.00), Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm. Also change seven unrestricted parking spaces to residents’ parking.
Current parking and issues
DCC on-street parking in the Tertiary Precinct mainly consists of time restricted parking (P5, P10, P30, P120) and unrestricted parking. There is currently no on-street paid parking in the Tertiary Precinct beyond SH1 and the intersection of Hyde and Albany Streets.
In a recent DCC public survey about parking in the city, parking availability in the streets around the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic was one of the main issues raised. Parking occupancy is high with conflicting demands. Commuters usually want to park all day, while visitors and students want to park for shorter times. The age and style of many residential properties means there is limited off-street parking for residents, who must also use on-street parking.
The University and Polytechnic have put in some measures to address parking issues. These include promoting Smart Travel (a ride-sharing platform), offering a free park and ride service for staff and student permit holders and providing new off-street paid parking.
However, casual parking is still difficult to find due to the unrestricted nature of the parking. The purpose and duration of visits to the University and Polytechnic require flexible parking management, to enable people to stay as long as their visit requires.
Proposed changes – paid parking
The DCC proposes to change unrestricted parking in the area to paid parking, as shown on the map below. This would result in an extension of the charging zone that currently ends at the corner of Albany and Hyde Streets.
New metered parking will be charged at $1.00 per hour, Monday – Friday, between 9am and 6pm, with no time restriction. The changes will be implemented on the street after 1July 2019.
This will help to manage the high demand for commuter parking and balance the conflicting needs of long-term and short-term parking. Commuters will be deterred from parking in these streets but still can, if they are willing to pay. Alternatively, they can park on one of the nearby streets that still have unrestricted parking. Having no time restriction will enable flexibility and options for everybody. Use of the DCC’s Pay My Park app will be further promoted and enable people to top up parking meters, as required.
The effect of the changes will be monitored using the DCC’s parking sensors.
The DCC is also looking at increasing parking fees generally, through the current Annual Plan process. If increases are implemented as proposed, fees for the proposed parking in the Tertiary Precinct would be $1.50 per hour.
Proposed changes - residents only parking
The DCC proposes to change unrestricted parking outside residential houses on Union Street near Clyde Street to residents’ parking to provide for those living in the area. The DCC can create more residents’ parking spaces if needed.