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Proposed parking changes in Wadestown

Parking in the Wadestown area has been under pressure for years. There have been repeated community calls for action to address this.

In response, we’re proposing a new-style parking scheme for Wadestown, with a mix of unrestricted parking and P120 permit-exempt spaces within two parking zones - Wadestown east and Wadestown west.

We are also proposing to install new 'no stopping' lines on a number of streets to limit where people can park, so buses, emergency vehicles and rubbish/recycling trucks can get through, and these streets are safer and easier for everyone.

Parking would be removed as part of the proposal to install an uphill bike lane on Blackbridge Road and Wadestown Road between Churchill Drive and Wadestown shops. The parking scheme would apply to the parking that remains on this section of Wadestown Road in the Wadestown west zone. Blackbridge Road would be outside the proposed parking scheme area.

There will also be a new mobility park and more short-term parking spaces in the bus turnaround area at the Wadestown shops, and changes to time restrictions on some of these short-term parks.

The parking scheme would prioritise residents and visitors looking for short-term parking. It would change where people can park and for how long within the two parking zones.

The changes should:

  • make it easier for residents in households with one vehicle who aren’t able to park off-street, to park nearer to their homes
  • make it harder for households with more than one vehicle and no-off-street parking
  • encourage households that have off-street parking to use it instead of parking on the street
  • improve access to shops and businesses in Wadestown village for short-term visitors and people who have mobility parking permits
  • provide short-stay parking for tradespeople and visitors
  • discourage commuters parking for extended periods.

It's proposed about 50 percent of the parking in Wadestown west zone would become P120 (permit exempt) and 30 percent in Wadestown east. Mobility and other special purpose parking spaces would mostly stay where they are. The scheme would replace the existing resident parking on Grosvenor Terrace. 

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The proposed scheme would prioritise residents and short-stay visitors over commuters, so it should be easier for you to find a park – if you have a resident parking permit.

Within the parking zones, most of the on-street parking spaces would be a mix of:

  • two-hour parking (resident permit exempt P120, 8am–8pm, Monday–Sunday)
  • parking with no restrictions where anyone can park at any time (unrestricted).

There would be a few streets where all the parking is P120, and a few, where for now, all the on-street parking would remain unrestricted.

It’s proposed about 50 percent of the parking in Wadestown west and about 30 percent in Wadestown east would become P120 (resident permit exempt).

Residents who apply, and are granted and pay for an annual permit, would be able to park in P120 spaces and exceed the two-hour limit.

Residents who don’t apply for a permit – or aren’t granted a permit – would need to find an unrestricted space if they want to park during the day or early evening for longer than two hours. The two-hour limit wouldn’t apply overnight, after 8pm and before 8am.

Existing special parking spaces like mobility parks would in most cases remain where they are.

Eligibility criteria for the new resident permits would apply and the number of permits issued would be capped. This would be so permits can be fairly allocated to residents who need them most.

Households would also be able to apply for and access free passes for visitors who need to park during the day for longer than two hours.

Households with no off-street parking would be eligible for 50 free day passes a year for visitors.

Households with off-street parking would be eligible for 25 free passes a year.

All permits would be issued electronically and for specific vehicle licence plates. There would be no windscreen stickers or paper permits.

Check the map to see what is proposed for your street and others you are interested in.

Find out more about permits and how the resident permit exempt parking scheme would work.

If you generally visit the area for less than two hours, it should be easier for you to find somewhere to park.

There would be free two-hour parking spaces in almost every residential street.

If you normally visit and park for longer than two hours, you would have to find an unrestricted parking space.

Overnight, in practice, visitors can park between 6pm and 10am in the P120 parking spaces, including at weekends.

Or if you are visiting a resident who lives in this area, they may choose to organise an electronic visitor pass for your vehicle so it could be parked in a P120 space.  

If you work at the Medical Centre, you would likely have to park further away.

If you generally visit the Medical Centre for less than two hours, it should be easier for you to find somewhere to park.

There would be free two-hour parking spaces in most streets.

If you normally visit and park for longer than two hours, you would have to find an unrestricted parking space.

Businesses in the parking zones with a vehicle registered to the business would be able to apply for a parking permit for that vehicle.

If you park in the Wadestown area during the day, it would likely be more difficult to find a car park as this scheme prioritises residents, and short-stay visitors.

You would be able to park in unrestricted parking spaces for as long as you want, and for up to two hours in P120 spaces (8am–8pm). 

About 50 percent of the parking in Wadestown west and about 30 percent in Wadestown east would have no restrictions.

Overnight, in practice, people can park between 6pm and 10am in the P120 parking spaces.

There is no paid coupon parking in these areas, and at this stage, no plans to install any.

If approved, the scheme would likely start in both zones in the first half of 2025.

Check the map to see how parking is changing

The two main business areas – Wadestown village and the shops on Sefton Street/Lennel Road – would be included in the proposed parking scheme.

If your vehicle is registered to the business, you would be able to apply for a parking permit for that vehicle. Your customers should find it easier to find a park in the neighbourhood because there would be more P120 parks nearby.

If you or your staff normally park all day in Wadestown, it may be harder to find a park as the new scheme would prioritise residents and short-stay visitors.

Your staff would not be eligible to apply for a permit unless they live in the parking scheme area.

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Tell us what you think

We’re seeking feedback on the proposed parking scheme and new no stopping lines on some streets.

Our online form takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked about the proposals and then have an opportunity to provide any detailed comments if you like, as well as upload any relevant documents or photos. Feel free to skip questions, you don’t have to answer them all.

Submissions are open until 5pm 24 June 2024

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Have your say

Prefer paper? Download the form (1.4MB pdf)

You can contact us at wadestownconnections@wcc.govt.nz if you have any questions or you can visit a drop-in session if you need help.

Plans and traffic resolution

You can read the full traffic resolution and the plans for the proposed changes.