What does the Policy say about parking in busy centres?
The Parking Policy recognises that our busy centres cater to multiple, diverse needs. To improve the inclusivity of our busy centres, the Policy introduces new empathetic parking; marked bays for seniors, for people with prams and an increased number of disability spaces.
The Policy outlines a systematic approach to review of parking in busy centres. It sets out hierarchies for use of parking space in each of our types of busy centres, which prioritises use of spaces by order of highest need, to guide Council’s activities in the provision and management of on and off-street public parking. For more information on these hierarchies, see pages 35-39 and pages 41, and 43-45.
The Policy includes provisions to consider multi-deck car parking within major activity centres, where appropriate, and it also guides Council to explore the use of parking sensors and guidance systems to help people find off-street parks in busy centres when they need to.
The Policy recognises the importance of parking to local businesses in busy centres. Where changes are proposed to parking arrangements, the Policy commits Council to consulting with immediately affected traders, and with the wider community if there are high levels of change and reviewing/updating proposed changes from the feedback received.