Tauranga City Council has voted to do away with all-day parking in the core retail area of the CBD, replacing it with a three-hour parking limit.
The changes will come into effect on March 18.
The council voted for the change in spite of polling that showed many are not happy with the limit.
Yes/no internet polls conducted over two weeks in January on Facebook and Survey Monkey came out 61 per cent against time restrictions, from 1408 responses.
Commenters accused the council of failing to provide adequate public transport or parking for city workers.
Some councillors - including Terry Molloy, who has pushed for change - had wanted to bring the restrictions in without public consultation when the issue last came before them in December, so it is debatable how much these results will sway them as they make a final call on the issue in a meeting this afternoon.
The council was considering the change from all-day parking to time-limited parking to encourage higher parking turnover in the core retail area.
Downtown retailers and service providers had complained they were losing customers who struggled to find a park and that all-day parking allowed CBD workers to camp out in spaces that could be used by shoppers.
In a report on the issue, council transport staff reiterated their view that introducing a time limit was the wrong move.
They believed the council should stick to all-day parking as it is simpler and eliminates the need for car-shuffling.
The affected area includes Devonport Rd, Durham St, Elizabeth St, Grey St, Spring St and Willow St.