Friday, 16 November 2018

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Submissions on changes to Hahei parking now open

In the Thames-Coromandel District Council Long Term Plan 2018 - 2028, $172,000 has been designated to the expansion and development of the Hahei Village entrance car park.

Originally, the development was to happen in the TCDC financial year 2019/2020. However, the funding has been brought forward and TCDC is hoping to have the expansion completed before Christmas of this year. The carpark currently holds 200 cars and will hold at least 200 more after the expansion.

Expansion of the car park is necessary as TCDC is looking to change their Parking Control Bylaw 2014 to limit car parking in Hahei Village itself.

Two possible amendments to the Parking Control Bylaw are under consideration. The first will only allow Hahei residents to park along the streets of Hahei, including berms, from October to April every year. The second will completely ban parking, year round, along the streets of Hahei by way of broken yellow lines. Under this amendment no exemption will be available to Hahei residents.

The Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association and Mercury Bay Community Board called for a change to the Parking Control Bylaw as unrestricted visitors' parking in Hahei Village is restricting traffic flow and creates safety issues for pedestrians and other road users. This is especially the case during peak holiday periods and holiday weekends.

TCDC is now calling for submissions on the two possible amendments. Submission forms can be dwonloaded from the TCDC website (www.tcdc.govt.nz) or picked up from any TCDC office. Submissions close on Monday 10 September.

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