Off-street car parking rules revoked

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 27/06/2014

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Pressure from property developers has led to the requirement for costly off-street parking in New Plymouth's CBD being scrapped.

The council believes the move will increase development and vibrancy in the CBD.

The policy change is akin to what is happening in other areas, such as Hamilton, Palmerston North and Rotorua, where councils are also reducing or removing their minimum parking requirements in their CBDs, council spokesman Liam Hodgetts said.

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce chairman Grant McQuoid called the move common sense.

"The proposed change is a positive move, removes additional costs of a redevelopment and enables property owners to focus on developing premises to meet the needs of their business or tenants rather then having to comply with a rule that often did not fit the context of the building or the development being planned.

"It means property owners can focus on the real issues of earthquake compliance and business purposes, not compliance with onerous regulations," he said.

Developers had told the council the off-street parking requirement was a hurdle for potential investors in the CBD.

"After detailed study of parking availability in the CBD, we found there is an oversupply of off-street and on-street parking spaces," Hodgetts said.

Businesspeople were unhappy with having to apply for a resource consent for parking and in many instances could not meet the parking requirement, he said.

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