Parking changes spur forum

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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Green MP Julie Anne Genter’s speaking at a public discussion in Queenstown tomorrow, organised by Shaping Our Future (SoF), to discuss changes to onsite parking requirements for developers, coming into effect next year.

By next February onsite parking provisions for all residential, commercial and visitor accommodation developments will be optional in Queenstown, following a change to the
government’s standards through the national policy statement — urban development.

SoF secretary John Glover says the public talk will help people understand how the changes can lead to positive changes, ‘‘rather than parked-car chaos and the undermining of our active travel aspirations’’.

Genter, who’s also a planner and expert in parking management, will be on hand to help the community understand the policy, provide inspiration and guide the discussion towards
‘‘workable solutions’’.

‘‘The purpose of the discussion is to understand the potential opportunities and adverse effects of this policy in the district’s neighbourhoods and to understand how effective or challenging various solutions might be in different parts of the district.

‘‘It’s about understanding that not everywhere has public transport and parking enforcement or the same development pressures, so we hope to see lots of people from our smaller communities turning up with their ideas.

‘‘Local knowledge will be invaluable,’’ Glover says.

The discussion’s being held tomorrow, from 6.30pm till 8.30pm, at Remarkables Primary School.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz