Parking hearings delayed

Nick Sargent
Nick Sargent
The Dunedin City Council has postponed hearings for proposed university parking changes after receiving a deluge of submissions from the public.

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.


The DCC has destroyed hundreds of car parks and made hundreds more pay or restricted the time that you can park before getting a ticket. Now everyone is trying to get into an ever decreasing number of free parks. This is why certain (never before) roads are clogged every rush hour, not the additional 1-2,000 extra residents that Dunedin has attracted in the last 5 years.

All part of the Green utopian plan to get us onto the loss making and poor bus service.