I note from a newsletter I recently received from one of the towns real estate agents that Central and surrounding Queenstown are to be blessed with upwards of 800 plus new hotel rooms, apartments and any number of other commercial developments in the next few years.
Obviously, this is going to put a further strain on our already collapsing infrastructure and especially parking.
So I would ask if the QLDC could kindly explain what the provision for onsite car parks will be required for these new developments and the ratios required, etc?
Also how many on-site car parks will the QLDC consider suitable for its new proposed office building in Stanley Street, considering that the building will be hosting upwards of 350 staff, auxiliary organisations and visitors, many of whom are elderly ratepayers who will obviously need car parking close by.
Response from QLDC
Currently, QLDC doesn’t require hotels and apartments in the town centre to provide parking. This is to maintain a vibrant and walkable town centre that is not dominated by vehicle congestion and large areas of carparking.
New businesses in town instead provide development contributions and pay higher rates than they do in other areas.
The idea is that we continue to encourage and invest in shared parking infrastructure located on the edge of town, invest in high quality public transport and improving walking and cycling connections.
The design and location of a new Council building is not yet confirmed, however it will be considered in the same way as any other major business looking to locate in the town centre. Suitable access for the community will be a critical consideration.