Parking to be reviewed in new year

Published on 09 December 2021

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Parking in the central Oamaru business area is to be reviewed. Currently the Government rules are changing for how parking is managed during Resource Management Act consents for developments/buildings in the central town areas, so the time is right to address parking overall.

The town’s parking meters are in need of replacement, and the demand for mobility parking, courier parking, and Electric Vehicle charging are some of the most highlighted matters to consider. There have been several accessibility/safety matters identified by the community currently that are connected with parking locations and provisions. 

Waitaki Roading Manager Mike Harrison said, “Staff have reported to Council on the need for a parking review survey to be undertaken and Council has directed staff to undertake a survey of parking needs across the wider community. Staff will be working with a steering group of Councillors Williams, Holding and Wollstein to collate the survey results. The review survey will commence in first quarter of 2022 and results will be reported to the Assets Committee during the 2022 year."

Mayor Gary Kircher said, “This has been an ongoing topic. This review is an opportunity to look at what’s a reasonable timeframe for parking. We’ll look at what’s happening in other districts, make sure we get a balance of the right number and type of parking, perhaps even look into different zones: places where there are no meters and places where it will be beneficial to have some.”

The review will progress through the 2022 year. Any outcomes of the review will be presented to Council for inclusion into the 2024 Long Term Plan.  

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