Parking Bylaw

Feedback period closes 15 October, 11:59pm

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We are seeking feedback on our proposed Parking Bylaw that helps to ensure fair and effective use of parking across our district.

You can read the proposal for the new Parking Bylaw here(PDF, 162KB). The proposal outlines options considered by Council to address parking along with a draft of the proposed Parking Bylaw.

Share your feedback on the Parking Bylaw Proposal

We know the population of the Far North has grown significantly in the past decade. The impacts of this growth are recognised in our Integrated Transport Strategy that will inform our future decisions. We need to make sure our communities do not enter the Cycle of Automobile Dependency(PDF, 45KB) as they continue to grow. As per National Policy Guidelines, we are unlikely to create more parking spaces through this process.

Questions & answers

The Parking Bylaw will provide the legal mechanism under which parking spaces are made and enforced, including conditions (such as accessible parking or paying a fee) for their use.

The Parking Bylaw will cover the whole Far North District but will exclude State Highways which are managed by Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency).

The Parking Bylaw will continue the existing parking limits and restrictions in Far North communities. In the future, Council intends to develop a Parking Policy to guide decision-making about the location of new or changed parking spaces. The Policy will be developed in consultation with our communities in early 2022. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive an email notifying you of this consultation and others.

The new parking bylaw uses GPS to identify the locations of road-side parking spaces. This will enable better information to be provided online to identify where parking spaces are located and help you plan your journey into town.

The Parking Bylaw doesn't cover bike parking. However, there are a number of other planned initiatives in the Transport Programme that aim to provide facilities for active mode users with budget allocated towards this in the Long Term Plan 2021-31.

  1. Robert Lang
    Yet another suite of regulations that take away citizen freedoms. This is organisational privatisation of public spaces and public freedoms with layers of costs added to boot. Not to mention the resulting visual pollution caused by ghastly parking signs that will appear across our street and landscapes. Is this really considered a necessary imposition on Northlander's lives relative to other more important needs or is this just another revenue gathering exercise. And will it really make a difference to finding a park when needed? Going online to find a park on streets has not been proven to be effective in any country......
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora Robert, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. The proposed new Parking Bylaw will continue existing parking limits and restrictions in Far North communities. There are no proposed changes to existing rules. Ngā mihi, Briar
  2. David Lawton
    This doesn't explain to me what the new bylaw. What's the problem and how does the bylaw address it?
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora David, thanks for your question. The problems that have been identified are competition for use of space and congestion in the District’s urban areas. You can read about these on page 1 and 2 of the proposal document for the new Parking Bylaw. Until such time as the Integrated Transport Strategy is implemented (as it is a long term strategy), the best way to address the problems is to maintain the controls that already exist. There are no proposed changes to existing rules. Ngā mihi, Briar
  3. Donald Chandler
    “We need to make sure our communities do not enter the Cycle of Automobile Dependency, as they continue to grow.” I think we’re into the cycle. Big into the cycle. It’s depressing how little Council is doing about it. In fact, much of what it does actively promotes the Cycle of Automobile Dependency. Sad.
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora Donald, thanks for your feedback. Council intends to develop a Parking Policy to guide decision-making about parking across the district. The policy will address the Cycle of Automobile Dependency. The Policy will be developed in consultation with our communities in early 2022. In addition, there are a number of planned initiatives in the Transport Programme that aim to provide facilities for active mode users with budget allocated towards this in the Long Term Plan 2021-31. Ngā mihi, Briar
  4. L Steele
    I've just read through the parking bylaw. How is a lay person supposed to understand it?
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      Kia ora, thanks for your comment. We aim to simplify language used in our new bylaws so this is valuable feedback. Please email submissions@fndc.govt.nz with any questions about the proposed new bylaw and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Ngā mihi, Briar
  5. wayne brown
    Why not describe the places affected by a map rather than a street address where the number makes it impossible to find?
    What about doing something about the planning rules that state the number of carparks required for various commercial activities and relate that to the size of the building rather than the actual demand for carparks. Eg a furniture shop may be large but doesn't need many customers to make a profit as the average sale price is high yet a cafe needs dozens of customers to be viable, although most of them are already in town anyway. Just let building owners and their tenants decide how many parks to provide. We have acres of unused tarseal carparks all over the district wasting land and money
    1. Briar Corbett
      Moderator
      The proposed new Parking Bylaw uses both GPS co-ordinates and maps to identify the location of road-side parking spaces. You can view the maps in PDF under Related Information, Schedule 5 - maps. The Parking Bylaw does not duplicate or affect the planning rules in the District Plan. The Council is currently developing a new District Plan - you can find more information about this at www.letsplantogether.org.nz.
  6. Jennifer Bird
    As we paid for a parking space in our building consent, I still expect to be able to park for free in Kerikeri for example, the Far north town I use mostly, but also in all the others I visit.
  7. Gary Bodle
    For those who consider Opito Bay as their nearest swim/picnic/boat launching/ tramping the AkeAke track and have been bitterly disappointed with no parking available. You need to put in a submission to FNDC pointing out that parking needs to be marked out to eliminate people taking up two parks, get rid of three dangerous forklift tractor and their gear taking up three car parks. Stop the commercialism of the Bay holding up boat launching for hours.