Several new parking restrictions will be enforced in Wanaka if council members formally approve them and other changes presented in a transport and a parking report today (Thursday, December 13).
The proposed changes include: additional temporary parking at Wanaka Showgrounds; dedicated campervan bays on McDougall Street; time restrictions for one parking bay on Brownston Street; new time restrictions in the council car park behind its Ardmore Street offices; allowing verge parking on part of Lismore Street; and changes to lake front car park bus stops (adjacent to the Log Cabin).
On McDougall Street, three of the four unrestricted public parking bays, which are slightly wider than is required for standard cars, will be reserved for campervans only. The fourth bay will remain as general parking, with restrictions prohibiting campervans and large vehicles.
In the easternmost parking bay on Brownston Street (pictured) alongside Pembroke Park, a time restriction of up to 240 minutes will be imposed to match the car park off Dungarvon Street.
A 240 minutes time limit will also be imposed in the car park behind the council’s Ardmore Street offices, with no return within one hour. Five parking bays will be reserved for carpool permit holders as council establishes a carpool trial, with similar conditions to the Queenstown scheme, being free parking, subject to a minimum of three qualifying users, for a maximum of ten hours per day, and no overnight parking.
A section of Lismore Street has been identified as having capacity to provide for formalised verge parking, which is otherwise prohibited by the Bylaw. This will provide free all-day parking close to town, with a restriction of no overnight parking.
The signage and linemarking for the lakefront bus parking will be upgraded to clearly signal its use, which allows for pick up and drop off only, no parking.
The changes outlined in the report represent a change in focus to different modes of transport in Wanaka, with walking, cycling and shared travel prioritised over private car provisions where practicable.