Parking exceptions recommended for inner harbour businesses

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A RECOMMENDATION to decrease parking requirements for businesses in the inner harbour will be put to Gisborne District councillors today.

A meeting of the environmental planning and regulations committee will hear a staff proposal to establish a 100 percent parking exemption zone for private development along the waterfront, and a 50 percent parking exemption zone for remaining private development within the inner harbour.

“Committing most of the waterfront area to car parking significantly affects the amenity value of the most important part of the inner harbour, and will be a major limitation to the success of the inner harbour redevelopment,” a council staff report said.

"While the inner harbour redevelopment aimed to increase parking overall the proposal was to remove the requirement on new businesses to provide parking in one area, and put a 50 percent rule in another."

Lowering on-site parking requirements would support development density, urban form and affordability, and increase the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

It would support smaller retail developments choosing to provide the minimum on-site parking and make better use of the available public resource, while office and “longer-stay” parking could be developed with additional on-site parking.

While there were parking pressures on specific users of the harbour, including around the boat ramp area, overall there was an over-supply of parking.

Parking surveys showed the average peak parking demand occupancy for the inner harbour area was around 62 percent.

The council intended to move the boat trailer parking away from shed three to a larger parking area to be developed in front of the Works building, increasing boat trailer parks from eight to 23.

The proposed change to parking requirements is part of the inner harbour redevelopment, which involves deciding where car parks go, how many there are, and how they integrate with their surroundings.

Establishing the exemption zones for on-site parking would take the onus away from shed tenants to provide on-site car parking to limited spaces that were used and were highly valued by other harbour users, the report said.

It would also allow the inner harbour redevelopment to optimise car parking for the buildings and spaces currently available.

If endorsed by the committee, the change proposal will be taken to a full meeting of the council on October 26.

A RECOMMENDATION to decrease parking requirements for businesses in the inner harbour will be put to Gisborne District councillors today.

A meeting of the environmental planning and regulations committee will hear a staff proposal to establish a 100 percent parking exemption zone for private development along the waterfront, and a 50 percent parking exemption zone for remaining private development within the inner harbour.

“Committing most of the waterfront area to car parking significantly affects the amenity value of the most important part of the inner harbour, and will be a major limitation to the success of the inner harbour redevelopment,” a council staff report said.

"While the inner harbour redevelopment aimed to increase parking overall the proposal was to remove the requirement on new businesses to provide parking in one area, and put a 50 percent rule in another."

Lowering on-site parking requirements would support development density, urban form and affordability, and increase the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

It would support smaller retail developments choosing to provide the minimum on-site parking and make better use of the available public resource, while office and “longer-stay” parking could be developed with additional on-site parking.

While there were parking pressures on specific users of the harbour, including around the boat ramp area, overall there was an over-supply of parking.

Parking surveys showed the average peak parking demand occupancy for the inner harbour area was around 62 percent.

The council intended to move the boat trailer parking away from shed three to a larger parking area to be developed in front of the Works building, increasing boat trailer parks from eight to 23.

The proposed change to parking requirements is part of the inner harbour redevelopment, which involves deciding where car parks go, how many there are, and how they integrate with their surroundings.

Establishing the exemption zones for on-site parking would take the onus away from shed tenants to provide on-site car parking to limited spaces that were used and were highly valued by other harbour users, the report said.

It would also allow the inner harbour redevelopment to optimise car parking for the buildings and spaces currently available.

If endorsed by the committee, the change proposal will be taken to a full meeting of the council on October 26.

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