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Transport Bylaw consultation

We’re reviewing our General Bylaw 1991 Part 16 – Traffic and intend to replace it with a new stand-alone Transport Bylaw.

We want to hear your thoughts on the Porirua City Transport Bylaw.

Submissions close on Monday 8 November 2021


The proposed Transport Bylaw responds to the challenges of our growing city, and to changing legislation. The changes we are making are intended to improve the safety of our roads, and to improve transport connectivity and functioning of our city.

On this page you will find:


Changes to paid parking areas and parking charges in the city centre

This will affect where you can park, how long you can park for, and how much you pay for parking.

You can see what we are proposing using our online GIS portal here.

The proposed Porirua City Centre Parking Plan provides more detail on how we have designed the parking schemes for the city centre, and what we are trying to achieve.

  • There is a cost to providing parking – rather than general ratepayers meeting this cost through rates, it would be met by parking users.
  • It helps make more parks available. This reduces congestion and makes it more likely people can find a park.
  • It encourages people to find a park that best meets their need. Someone popping in to a shop, cafe, or a meeting might prefer convenient short-term parking, while people that will be parked all day might be happy to walk a bit further or pay for a long-term park.
  • It supports the shift to public transport, walking and cycling.

We are proposing to keep fees low, from $1 to $2 per hour. So spare change may be enough for a short visit. The first 60 minutes will be free in some standard parks and the first 30 minutes free in all premium short-term parking (such as Cobham Court).


No. This area is managed by Metlink and Greater Wellington Regional Council.


Paid parking should bring in revenue for the city and make sure that those who use parking are paying for it, and not the general ratepayer. Any net funds generated from parking will help keep rates lower.


We’re aiming to adopt the bylaw in December 2021, after the Council considers submissions and makes its decisions. This means the physical work to install parking machines, signage, and road marking would be done in January, and parking charges should be in place from February 2022.


No.


People driving to Porirua for work need medium to long-term parking (more than 4 hours). The options for city workers are:

  • Paid long-term parking. This is something we are looking to increase.
  • Parks provided by businesses or through leasing.
  • Parking for free outside the city centre and walking. This will still be an option.
  • Moving the car several times a day to avoid parking time restrictions. This will be more difficult if we introduce more paid parking.

There will still be some options for free short and long-term parking within a 5–10-minute walk.


Retail customers will probably park where they currently do, and the first 30 minutes parking will be free. By introducing paid parking we should increase parking turnover and make it more likely your customers can find a park close to your business. It should help customers find a park to suit their needs, including some free, short-term parking.


Guidance from research is that consumer spending in an area does not significantly change when paid parking is introduced. While there is a charge that customers have to think about, there is also the benefit that parks are turning over and they are more likely to find a park where they want to park.


Porirua has many attractions for people to come to visit, shop and work. The city centre is convenient for a range of transport options and parking charges will be lower than the rest of the region. We are one of the last places in New Zealand of this size that doesn’t have some form of paid parking.


Certainly that is the focus of Keeping Cities Moving, an NZTA initiative to grow the share of travel by public transport, walking and cycling. Our own transport strategies are looking to that as well. Paying for parking is something that encourages that shift and may encourage people to look at alternatives.


People tend to park where they want to do business and may be happy to pay for that convenience. There is a risk that people will park in areas provided by retail outlets for their own customers. The mall and other outlets have time limits and already carry out their own enforcement. Council would monitor the impact of parking changes on other businesses.


Transport changes and parking charges do change people’s behaviour. There may be some displacement of cars from the city centre to the surrounding streets or other areas. The Parking Management Plan will need to consider the impact of displacement and have flexibility to adapt.



Restricting the use of vehicles on Titahi Bay Beach

We are proposing to prohibit vehicles from Titahi Bay Beach, except for people launching and retrieving watercraft. This is to improve the safety and enjoyment of beach-goers, and to protect the nationally significant fossilized forest remnants on the beach.

We are also looking at broader safety issues around Titahi Bay beach. Council has recently agreed to undertake a safety audit of the North and South ends of the beach. This will be done in collaboration with the community and be conducted by the end of October, with the findings going to Council before the end of the year. You can read more here, as well as contact the team to be involved and give feedback.

Greater Wellington Regional Council manages the area below the the high tide line and Porirua City Council manages the rest of the beach.


We want the beach to be a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Council has received many complaints about vehicles making the beach unsafe, going back many years. We think the best way to improve safety for beach goers is to limit vehicle access to the beach.

We know that for some there is tradition and nostalgia associated with cars on Titahi Bay beach, but safety is our number one priority.


Yes, you can still drive on the beach to launch boats, kayaks, jet-skis and other watercraft, at the northern and southern ends of the beach, as shown in the map on page 12 of the Statement of Proposal.

Cars with boat trailers will be permitted to park on the beach within this area.


We hope behaviour will change through public education and clear signage. But if we continue to have problems, the proposed bylaw will give Council parking wardens the ability to issue fines or have vehicles towed. Unsafe driving should also be reported to police.

We do have the option to make changes to beach access points to further restrict vehicle access if necessary. We’d prefer not to do this, as it will cost ratepayers’ money, and inconvenience responsible beach goers.


Council wants feedback on this issue. Boatshed owners are privileged in that they have private property on public land, and we need to be careful when we give private property owners privileges that are not available to the general population. Also, allowing boatshed owners unrestricted access complicates the enforcement of this rule – cars launching boats are obvious, but enforcement officers will not be able to tell which cars belong to boatshed owners, and those that don’t.

However, we recognise that boatshed owners may need to access the sheds to load or unload equipment from time to time. We may be able to manage this through a permitting system for boatshed owners.

Let us know your thoughts in your submission.


Any incidents of dangerous driving should be reported directly to the police. Tell them what you saw, any identifying details and the number plate of the vehicle involved.

Report any other incidents to us by calling our contact centre on 237 5089 or use the free Antenno app.



New rules to manage where heavy vehicles can and cannot park

Council has received a number of complaints about heavy vehicles parking in residential areas and/or in locations not suited to heavy vehicles. We are proposing new rules that will enable Council to issue infringements where parked vehicles are likely to cause a nuisance or danger to other road-users.


New rules to manage nuisance caused by engine braking

Council has received a number of complaints about engine braking, and we are aware that there is concern in the community about the impacts of noise from Transmission Gully and the new link roads opening. We are proposing new rules that will enable Council to prohibit engine braking where this will cause a nuisance to nearby residents.

The new Transmission Gully link roads in Waitangirua and Whitby will have engine braking restrictions included.

Engine braking is noisy and at night interrupts people’s sleep. Many places in New Zealand restrict or ban engine braking, including Wellington City and the Kapiti Coast. This means that we will be consistent with our neighbours and the rules will be consistent for anyone exiting Transmission Gully.


At this stage we are proposing to put engine braking restriction on the new link roads between Transmission Gully to/from Waitangirua (Waitangirua Link road) and Whitby (Te Kāpehu).

Council can add others in future if any problems are identified.



Future-proofing for Accessible Streets

The new “Accessible Streets” regulatory package being prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi is intended to encourage people out of private vehicles, and onto public transport, or using more active modes of transport, such as walking or cycling.

We are proposing new rules that will let Council identify and designate new bus lanes, cycle lanes, and shared pathways.


Key Dates

When What
Monday 11 October 2021 Consultation opens
14 October and 1 November, 10am to 2pm Drop in days @ CityHub, 7 Serlby Place, Porirua
Monday 8 November 2021 Consultation closes
Thursday 25 November 2021 Submitters present to Te Puna
Kōrero (hearings)
Thursday 2 December 2021 Te Puna Kōrero deliberates and
changes are agreed
Thursday 16 December 2021 Council adopts the new Bylaw
January 2022 Physical works to install parking
machines
February 2022 New parking areas and charges come
in to force


Supporting Documents



Have your say

We’d love your feedback on the proposed Transport Bylaw to assist our Council in their decision-making.

Submissions will close on Monday 8 November 2021. The hearing will be held on Thursday 25 November 2021 if you’d like to speak to your submission.

  • Download a submission form here, or pick up a hard copy from our main office, or any of our Porirua City Libraries.
  • Email your submission to: submissions@poriruacity.govt.nz, with “Transport Bylaw Review” in the subject line
  • Hand in your submission to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court
  • Post your submission to: Proposed Transport Bylaw Review, Porirua City Council, PO Box 50218, Porirua City 5240
  • Give us a call - If you don’t have access to a computer, please call our contact centre on 04 237 5089 to request that a hardcopy be posted out to you


Want to know more

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email Sui Moe at sui.moe@poriruacity.govt.nz


Privacy

To support our drive to be as transparent as possible all submissions will be publicly available but without your contact details. If you don’t want your name made public, please tick “Withhold my details” on the submission form. Please note you won’t be able to withhold your name if you choose to speak at the hearing or if you are representing an organisation.