About the Project
As the Palmerston City Centre develops, areas currently being utilized for off-street car parking are being developed for new buildings. This development is beneficial to the city, however the new buildings will generate an increased demand for car parking whilst reducing the actual area available for car parking.
The City of Palmerston already faces legacy car parking shortfalls in the CBD, created by the approval of significant buildings with no on-site carparking being provided for these developments. Consequently, council is currently planning to develop its first multi-deck car park to create additional car parking in the City Centre. The cost to construct a multi-deck car park will be significant.
The City of Palmerston is introducing a user pays system of paid car parking in the City Centre as part of the Palmerston City Centre Parking Strategy. A user pays system means that the funding for car parking, including any future multi-deck car park, comes from the users of car parking and not through rate revenue. It should also be noted that approximately 75% of total carparking in the CBD will continue to be free in existing retail and commercial outlets.
The time required for planning and developing a multi-deck car park will be several years and while Council is progressing this project, in the short-term car parking meters will be installed in the City Centre. There will be two parking zones across the City Centre:
- Zone A – 2 hour parking
- Zone B – all day parking
For the 2016/2017 financial year, the charge for Zone A has been set at $1.80 per hour while the Zone B charge has been set at $1.00 per hour up to a maximum charge of $4.00 (all day). For the 2016/2017 financial year, annual all day parking permits will be available at a cost of $400.00 (pro-rata quarterly fees available). Parking charges will apply Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm. Parking will remain free of charge for all parking areas signed as 1 hour or less and includes the new parallel car parking along The Boulevard.