Challenge to CBD parking regime

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City councillor Terry Molloy is trying to bring pedestrians back into the central city by driving up long term parking prices.

In a Notice of Motion being presented at the city council meeting today, he's suggesting the parking in the Tauranga CBD Zone 1, be free for the first two hours – and $6 an hour after that.

If accepted by fellow councillors it will mean commuters parking in the central city will be paying $36 a day for parking instead of $6 a day for off-street parking at present, a maximum of $6 on street in the CBD, or $12 in a parking building.

He also suggests discarding the ‘free after three' regime currently in effect and extending parking charges until 5pm.

Terry says his Notice of Motion seconded by councillor Rick Curach addresses the issue of decreasing foot traffic in the CBD.

“It seeks to take urgent action in respect of relief measures to assist the businesses of Tauranga CBD and their customers who are finding the CBD transformation process is creating real difficulties,” says Terry.

“There is strong evidence that difficulty in parking is directly contributing to a reduction in the foot count, and meaningful alternative means of transport are some years away.”

The notice directs council staff to investigate the merits of the directions and report back on November 27.

Along with the increased all-day parking he's suggesting council staff investigate providing park and ride services ferrying commuters who park at Sulphur Point, Memorial Park, Dive Crescent, the Gate Pa Bowling Club – and any other appropriate parking opportunities around the CBD.

“The park and ride is aimed at commuter vehicles from the CBD. At a minimum the shuttle service should operate during the rush hour peak period,” says Terry.

The city should also be actively encouraging ride sharing by promoting ride sharing apps, and partnering with Mainstreet to investigate the free use of buses to shopping precincts.

Higher vehicle occupancy can also be encouraged by allowing vehicles with at least three passengers to park free or at a reduced rate in off street car parks within the vicinity of the CBD.

It's important for the city council to support regional the partners NZTA, Western BOP District Council and BOP Regional Council in their endeavours to reduce car dependency, says Terry.

“However the community cannot be left behind. At this point I think we have done just that.”

Other suggestions for discussion include moving the Spring Street car parking building leased parks to the top levels, with the leased parks charged for by the number of hours they are required.

For example if a car park is leased from 8.30am till 5pm, the rest of the time it is available to the public.

Options for temporary parking should be explored including the unused car parks at the southern end of The Strand Reclamation – parking spaces that have been appropriated by the council for staff vehicles.

These parks will become available when the council staff move to Cameron Road in the new year.



26 Comments

@ Bunce, Accountable, Old Trucker

Posted on 23-11-2017 13:37 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Yes, Devonport's run down, Red-Square is dead most of the day. A deliberate plan to eliminate cars/traffic from the city and make it all lovely for people ... wonderful ... however no cars/traffic means no people, the inmates at City-hall have not figured this nutty-stuff for what it is, they instead woffle onwards with teh dreams desired regardless of cost to all others. The end result is that with the squeeze on businesses will relocate out of the CBD. The result will be apartments and offices and lots of bikers peddling. That will not even then suit most so that will fail: to date, now and forward into the future. Sadly for ratepayers millions are being thrown at this mess annually and that is added to rates and debt for all. Yet they are failing to recognise the real cause, the real problem. That Council/Councillors itself is the problem.

Not a lot of brain cells

Posted on 22-11-2017 08:55 | By Bunce

I,ve thought for years that the council are deliberately making it hard for consumers to shop in town,they are trying to push the retailers out to the suburbs so as to make room for offices and apartments,I went to town last week could have fired a rifle in Devonport road and would,not have hit anyone,its dirty,run down and definitely not a nice place to try and shop.Bethlehem here I come.

It's not the Councillors that are the problem

Posted on 21-11-2017 19:21 | By Accountable

It's the Council staff. For example as quoted in these columns a staff member has decided to allow a Mount Maunganui gypsy organisation to have a market on the sight of the demolished Council building to reinvigorate the CBD . But these staff members forgot to take into account the lack of parking . Lets say there will be 50 stall holders who will bring their wares in every day and take them home in the evening, that's 50 car parks less for the shoppers of the existing businesses to park and lets presume there will be 100 customers at the gypsy fair of whom 50 will want to drive their car which means the CBD businesses will be another 100 car parks short because of a dumb idea by Council staff and dumber Councillors agreeing to allow the gypsies to set up shop in the first place. Unbelievable.

I NOTICE

Posted on 21-11-2017 19:10 | By old trucker

when i parked in grey st, i needed help at the machine,it has paywave and certain amount for half hr,and then it charges you for using your card ,as i cannot see very well is this true, WHY did they not just leave the coin meters there as you knew what was happening, makes me sick with this concillor making decions on our behalf,of cause they get free parking under the Highrise opposite Baycourt, TCC do not care about us,and you can tell who TCCC workers are as they have been supplied with little back packs(all the same) and they bike with this i work for tcc and the BOSS will love me more for doing this as in the new baubles we will get new bike racks and be able to have a shower as well as we can save water at home, Sunlive Thanks 10-4out.

Traffic conjestion v parking

Posted on 21-11-2017 19:00 | By MISS ADVENTURE

@ Sollygirl, perhaps you might like to reconsider that position and commentary. Could I suggest that for example you consider this, that perhaps the road conjestion is as a result of cars driving around in circles looking for/waiting for a carpark = conjestion as a result of cars occupying the road to long and a lot longer than if there were enough carparks around the place

Car Parking is not the problem, traffic congestion is

Posted on 21-11-2017 17:26 | By Sollygirl

Every car parked in the CBD uses a road to get to that car park. The roads of Tauranga are filled to over-capacity. This hugely damages the look and feel of the city, reduces the ability of businesses to operate profitably, damages the environment through pollution and frustrates everyone. The ONLY solution to traffic congestion is to remove cars from the road and use more efficient modes to shift people around: buses, trains, cycling, walking. Cr Molloy is not trying to kill the CBD for businesses, his proposal will help them. And he's proposing free parking. This is good. And it's not shoppers/city visitors who will pay the big parking charges, it's commuters who drive their cars into the city to park all day.

Goodbye CBD

Posted on 21-11-2017 17:11 | By lpm67

Sorry but there is no bus near to me, nor do buses in this area operate on reasonable timeframes. So the upshot is...goodbye CBD, goodbye businesses I have been supporting, hello internet purchasing.

Why indeed!

Posted on 21-11-2017 17:03 | By jaydeegee

Tomohawk kid hits the nail on the head! Parking is not Council business. Council provides the infrastructure - end of - let the businesses decide how to attract customers.

CBD nolonger the place to shop

Posted on 21-11-2017 15:50 | By chrissi m

I was in town on 2nd Ave this morning and had to put money into one of the councils new parking meters. Car rego needed and no receipt given unless you know what URL means and it didn't give me time to google that one. Next time I need to go to a business I will opt for somewhere with free parking. Why don't council wipe the parking fees and just do a time restriction???? Chalk is cheaper than computorized parking meters!!

If you think it's bad now

Posted on 21-11-2017 14:40 | By backofthequeue

With over one third of all public car parking spaces already leased to commercial interests just wait until the expected 1500 students and staff at the new downtown University of Waikato take effect. Pity the poor retailers but more importantly persecute the ineptitude of Council.

Enough!

Posted on 21-11-2017 14:22 | By Lvdw

Enough messing around with parking costs and parking spaces.Even less people are going to come into the city, either to work or to shop if you increase the cost of parking. Good grief man.... where is your common sense.MAKE IT AFFORDABLE to come into the city - Give the retailers a fighting chance why don't you?Don't do away with 'free after 3' - Entice people to come into the city for early dinner with their families. Stop putting more obstacles in the way.

LISTEN Terry Malloy to people you elected.

Posted on 21-11-2017 13:52 | By tabatha

I just wish that our councillors would listen and talk to the people of Tauranga, including shop owners in the CBD. Buses are not the answer because they have to fit in with peoples movements not people fitting in with buses. If you are buying for big items, like Christmas presents how do take a lot home on the bus. Terry you either live in the CBD or use family to buy for you. Talk and talk and talk not make your mind up for people. Remember you were elected by the people. I had to bank a cheque the other in town. If I caught the bus it would have been close to 2 hours where when I drove in I was back home in 1/2 an hour. Think carefully please.

out of touch with reality

Posted on 21-11-2017 13:45 | By theallanfam

Terry Molloy may be able to pay $36 a day to go to work with his counsellors salary, but many of the CBD employees are ordinary people already struggling to pay their bills and do not have an additional $150 a week just so they can keep their jobs.

Good Work Councillor Molloy

Posted on 21-11-2017 13:33 | By Sollygirl

Subject to fine tuning by Council traffic engineers, this proposal should help. Shoppers and visitors to town get two hours of free parking (tick) and workers who commute into town in their cars are incentivised to rideshare, walk, bus or cycle (tick). Tauranga commuters desperately need to rideshare, are you investigating/promoting an app TCC? Add bus priority lanes to ensure buses run to time, then commuters can bus into CBD to work. Further incentivise addition of apartment housing to CBD to massively increase people living/working/shopping there, this will improve turnover for local businesses. Once good public transport, walking and cycling connections in place (five years?) close CBD to traffic - pedestrian only - with free, low speed, step on/step off small autonomous buses circulating (for our oldies). It would be brilliant.

Avoid CBD

Posted on 21-11-2017 13:05 | By Christine1965

at all costs. Got ticketed 9am on Cameron Rd....no other cars around. Was in shop 10mins. Off to Bayfair to complete all Xmas shopping now.

WHY?

Posted on 21-11-2017 12:48 | By The Tomahawk Kid

Parking issues should NOT be a council concern. They have nothing to lose or gain. (apart from the revenue they collect from parking and fines).Parking should be the concern of the CBD Shopkeepers who have EVERYTHING to lose or gain in the number of people they attract to this area. It is the council who have destroyed the CBD by their interference in the business sector - the thing that makes it vibrant and effective. Asking the council to FIX an issue they have CREATED is a pointless exercise. The CBD was created by BUSINESS - not the council - why the heck they are interfering makes no sense at all. They simply want the revenue from the parking and will continue to rape the resource till it is dead.

It is working adequately well now, leave it alone.

Posted on 21-11-2017 11:35 | By Psallo

Another big mistake to further add more confusion to the shoppers again. Leave the charges as they are and get on with encouraging more business activity to come into the city.

The simple question is:-

Posted on 21-11-2017 11:21 | By The Caveman

Why would anyone go to the CBD, where you have to pay for parking via COMPLEX machines, and if you are one minute overtime you get a ticket - when all of the major shopping complexes - Fraser Cove, Bayfair, etc,etc - have FREE parking, and 99.9% of the shops most commonly visited by shoppers.

The horse has bolted

Posted on 21-11-2017 10:36 | By big ted

The CBD is clearly changing from having a retail aspect to a business model. Council, in their wisdom some years back, reduced the parking requirements of new buildings in an attempt to encourage growth in the CBD. (Trustpower building is a good example). This has backfired.It is now too late to undo the damage done, because we are all creatures of habit.

Laughable.

Posted on 21-11-2017 10:24 | By morepork

(Except that it isn't really funny...) I believe that the single factor which has most contributed to the demise of the city is the fact that you have to pay to park there. (If/when you can find a space...) Why would I shop in Tauranga when I can do so at the Mount or Bethlehem for free? They still haven't grasped the fact that people are attached to the convenience of using their cars and, until some effective alternative is provided, will continue doing so. Raising the cost, just raises the deterrent already in place for going into town. Retailers in the CBD have my sympathy, but, sadly, not my business.

Flip flop Molloy and Parking

Posted on 21-11-2017 10:02 | By Murray.Guy

City councillor Terry Molloy is the flip flop Councillor who in August REDUCED the proposed parking building height as it impacted unreasonably on the views from his Devonport Towers townhouse!

A Dying City.

Posted on 21-11-2017 09:21 | By Maryfaith

Just take a walk around town and see the vacated premises and the empty shops. At most times of the day not a single customer can be seen in many shops. I feel sorry for the 'speciality' shops recently opened by new residents to Tauranga - from Auckland. A few are still here - they must have another source of income, as a lot have folded and gone. We just don't have public in the city, shopping! Be silly to do that with all the wonderful shopping centres around the suburbs wouldn't it? ...... and yet another nail in the coffin with this parking debarcle!

Death of the CBD

Posted on 21-11-2017 07:45 | By Kefe

Increasing the price of parking substantially will be the death of the CBD. Even now I avoid the city and when I do go I notice many stores that have closed not due to parking but to competition of online stores and at home shopping convenience. The increase of price could very well backfire on the council.

Constant tinkering.

Posted on 21-11-2017 07:34 | By waiknot

What puts me of TGA CBD is you dont know from one day to the next how much, when and how you will charged for parking. Make a decision and stick with it.

The way they spend money

Posted on 21-11-2017 07:21 | By Angels

The council and their spending is a huge problem. They do not listen to the ratepayer.they only spend like drunken sailors. This will only be the start to EVERTHING going up in price that the council touch.Getting more people on a poor transportation system, come on.When has a single councillor taken a bus !!!????This new council only know how to spend like crazy. Now watch as they try to figure out how to pay. For it all. ????Beware rate payers we will be in huge trouble. Better start safe in for bid rate increases.

Hello

Posted on 21-11-2017 07:20 | By overit

these numbties from Council have taken away so many parks with their dotted yellow lines all about town. I feel sorry for retailers.

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