Parking in Vancouver’s West End could get a lot pricier.
The city is sending out feelers to West End residents in the form of an online survey to find out just how many people support a potential 700 per cent increase to annual on-street parking permits.
With enough support, the city would increase the annual permit rate from $80 to $600 and eliminate free 2-hour parking spaces in favour of meters as part of the West End Parking Strategy, pending approval from council.
According to Vancouver transportation director Lon LaClaire. the price hikes will encourage current permit holders to look for alternatives and free up parking space.
“The target is that we want to have 15 per cent of the spaces of available so you don’t spend a bunch of time driving around looking for parking, adding to congestion and to the traffic problem, “said LaClaire.
The changes would reduce the maddening hunt for parking that many West End drivers endure by five minutes and one kilometer, according to a study conducted by the City.
“We’ve had general support from across the community, with exception of the current permit holders — and that’s understandable,” he added.
The new rate would be grandfathered in, meaning only new applicants would incur the updated costs.