Proposed Hahei Parking Changes

This consultation closed on 10 September 2018.

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Our Council proposes to amend the existing Parking Control Bylaw 2014 to address parking issues on residential streets in Hahei.

To statement of proposal and draft bylaw are available for download on the right hand on the page.

Council is seeking your feedback on two key options:

Option 1 - Resident parking only

This proposal would mean a new provision in the bylaw establishes resident-only parking restrictions to all Hahei Streets. The only exclusion to this would be Grange Road which would continue to have no-stopping lines.

Parking on the berm would be prohibited throughout Hahei except for permit holders.

One resident parking permit would be provided to each rating unit. No additional permits would be available. The permit could be used anywhere in the village resident-only parking areas. It wouldnot enable permit holders to park for free in Council pay and display areas.

There would be no permit cost to the permit holder or ratepayer. Administrative and enforcement costs would be met by revenue from the Hahei car parks owned by Council.

The restrictions would apply from 1 October to 30 April each year. Signage would be required along each affected street to ensure people are adequately informed of the restrictions.

From 1 October to 30 April all vehicles without a resident parking permit will need to park in Council car parks.

Option 2 - No stopping lines

The alternative is no stopping lines on every street in Hahei which has no exemption for on-street parking permits for residents.

This could be no parking restrictions on entire streets, parts of those streets where the hazards to road users are most exacerbated by visitor parking, or on parts of the street only (for example one side of each road).

Use of broken yellow lines is consistent with similar approaches across the district, is universallyunderstood, easy to enforce and does not require additional signage, systems, or processes.

Parking on the berm would be prohibited throughout Hahei.

Reasons for the amendment

The Hahei Resident and Ratepayers Association (HRRA) alongside the Mercury Bay Community Board, have raised the issue of unrestricted visitor parking throughout the Hahei settlement. The issue is particularly problematic over the peak holiday period and holiday weekends.

Parking within residential streets has the effect of restricting traffic flow. It is HRRA's view that there are safety issues for pedestrians and other road users. Some parking restrictions are already in place in Hahei; however, further restrictions are required to limit where visitors to Hahei can park within the village area in order to enhance the safety of road users and reduce congestion.

To provide enough off-street car parks for visitors, our Council is expanding the village entrance car park and encouraging visitors to park there.

Have your say

The consultation period for the bylaw will begin on 10 August 2018 and conclude at 4pm on 10 September 2018.

Before making any final decisions, we'd like to have your input. There are a number of ways you can give your feedback:

You can:

  • submit using our online consultation portal at www.haveyoursay-tcdc.objective.com ;
  • email us at consultation@tcdc.govt.nz ;
  • fax us on (07) 868 0234;
  • complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540; or
  • drop it into the area offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamata.

Submission forms are available at all our area offices and libraries.

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz .