The City of Vancouver is looking to increase the price of parking permits in the West End — and introduce new meters. Photo b CBC.
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.
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If approved, the housing mix policy would mandate more units for families in new strata and rental developments. Photo by the Canadian Press.
Vancouver council will consider measures next week designed to increase the number of family homes in new strata and rental buildings.
New policies outlined in a staff report to council would alter the housing mix in new condos by increasing the number of two and three bedroom apartments to create more options for families.
According to an official statement from Mayor Gregor Robertson, the housing mix policy “will help make our neighbourhoods more family friendly and vibrant, and ensure that as Vancouver grows, families can find housing options that work for them.”
Under the proposal, developers would have to ensure at least 35 per cent of the apartments in a new building contain two or three bedrooms to accommodate families.
The policy would apply to rezonings city-wide and would supersede existing family housing requirements in council-approved community plans such as Joyce-Collingwood or the Cambie Corridor.
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