A proposal has been tabled to cut back free parking and introduce meters in Porirua central city.
While much of the CBD currently enjoys 90 minutes of free parking, the city council is proposing cutting this to 30 minutes then charging $1 for each half hour up to a maximum of 90 minutes.
Stuff reports the aim is to help more people access busy places such as Cobham Court, Hartham Place South and Hagley St, while bringing in about $670,000 a year.
The changes, which could be phased in later this year to 2021, would roughly cost $207,000 to setup.
But the idea's been met with early criticism from residents who believe it will drive away shoppers.
Porirua Chamber of Commerce director Tracy Johnson says free parking set Porirua apart from other cities in the region and local businesses benefits from that.
"Chamber members in retail are facing serious challenges and it's important to support them. Paid parking would further hinder growth.
Porirua Mayor Mike Tana said the central city was reaching a point where demand for parking was at a premium.
"At some point in every city's growth, paid parking becomes part of a city. We are asking: Is that time now?