The strategy applies to both private and public parking

Council adopts parking strategy

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council adopted its long-anticipated district-wide parking strategy at this month’s council meeting.

It follows a review launched in October 2018 and a hearing on March 1 this year.

The council said the intent of the strategy is to provide an overarching strategic direction for the management of parking across Selwyn District, and particularly in town centres, where the highest demand occurs.

The far-reaching strategy includes the impact parking has on public transport, walking and cycling, as well as urban design and amenity outcomes across the district. It provides for both private and public parking, and links with the council’s other transport strategies. Also addressed in the strategy are school parking issues and all-day parking by workers.

In his foreword to the earlier consultation document, Mayor Broughton said that during the last 10 years the district’s population had grown by around 55% from 38,000 to 60,000.

“Alongside this our economic activity and use of motor vehicles has also increased — vehicles travel 385 million kilometres on Selwyn roads every year.

“Our growth means that parking in many towns isn’t as easy as it used to be — this is part of our new Selwyn,” Mayor Broughton said.