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The proposal, which went out to public consultation last month, would result in 185 free parking spaces in Clyde St, Union St East, Harbour Tce, Forth St and Albany St being changed to metered parking.
Council transport strategy manager Nick Sargent said 533 submissions had been received, and due to the quantity of submissions the hearings were now expected to be held in early 2020.
Issues raised in the feedback also related to a wider area than the one proposed for the recent consultation, he said.
Many of the submissions received reported there was now ''one car per student'' rather than one or two cars per house, as in the past.
The plan has proved controversial, university students describing it as ''ridiculous'' and saying it was unrealistic to expect them to be able to afford it.
''In general, the DCC gives priority to resident over commuter parking requirements,'' Mr Sargent said yesterday.
''The role of residents' parking in an area has been raised before in various consultations.
''However, in the tertiary precinct there are too many residents' cars for the limited amount of street parking.''
Mr Sargent said the longer consultation period would allow proper consideration of the feedback received, assessment of available options, and input into the tertiary precinct safety, accessibility and streetscape upgrade, a joint initiative of the city council, University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.