Council urged to require better provision for residential parking
A lack of car parking requirements for residential developments in the CBD makes no sense when two-thirds of Christchurch's workforce do not work in the city, a city councillor says.
The Christchurch Central Development Unit recently released its draft residential chapter of the recovery plan which outlined standards for all residential development within the four avenues.
The proposed standards include minimum fencing and landscaping requirements, a 14-metre height limit within the central city living zone and extra acoustic insulation in some areas, but they do not include any car parking requirements.
Current regulations require one secured parking space per unit for residents and one visitor space per five units, unless there are fewer than 10 units.
Cr Paul Lonsdale said he supported the need to attract people to live in the CBD but the lack of parking provision was illogical because so many people no longer worked in the central city.
Census data this year showed the four avenues had lost 19,794 workers since 2006, while about 6000 workers had relocated to the area around Lincoln Rd and another 6000 had moved west to suburbs near the airport.
"It's all good and well having people living in the central city but . . . those people are going to use their cars to drive to work," he said.
"The car is still king and I'm not saying that's how it should be but that's how it is at the moment."
Cars still had the "convenience factor" over public transport in Christchurch, Lonsdale said.
Narrow residential streets in the central city - such as Ely St and Conference St - were already congested and could not handle new developments if they did not provide sufficient parking.
Christchurch developer Stephen Collins said access and parking would be key considerations for people thinking about living in the city.
"I guess we think that developers will have to provide car parks anyway because it will be some time before we can educate an entire population to sell their 1.75 cars per family and take the bus, cycle or walk everywhere."