February 22, 2018

DAVIE VILLAGE POST Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada LGBTQ2+ Hub

West End Parking Fees May Go Up 700%

Photo Credit To City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has launched an online questionnaire and is only giving West End residents about one month to participate in an online survey.  Two open houses are planned for

July 19 2016, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St, and

July 23 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Nelson Park, 1030 Bute St.

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The West End is bounded on the north and east by the two downtown “ceremonial” streets: Burrard Street and West Georgia Street. These streets carry high vehicle volumes and are part of the City’s truck route network. Robson, Denman and Davie Streets function as key walking, transit and vehicle circulation streets within the West End. Declining vehicle volumes on these streets provide an opportunity for allowing full-time on-street parking and other uses of the curb lanes.

In the West End, demand for on-street visitor/short-term and residential permit parking is very high. Access to short-term parking is particularly challenging, not only for visitors but also for tradespeople, delivery trucks, and caregivers.

Sample monitoring of these spaces has shown occupancy rates averaging approximately 95%.

Improving access to visitor parking was identified as a priority by the community early in the planning process. Residential permit parking areas have unique challenges in managing demands. The West End is the largest residential permit parking zone in the city, and currently, nearly twice as many residential parking permits are requested and sold compared to the total number of on-street parking spaces available. This indicates that many residents buy permits regardless of parking already available to them off-street

The current cost of a residential parking permit is less than $6.50 per month, whereas off-street parking ranges anywhere from $25-$100 per month. Sampling of several buildings in the West End has shown that off-street parking is generally underutilized, particularly in high- rise apartments with multi-level underground parkades. Additionally, many of the buildings in the West End were constructed at a time that resulted in an excess of off-street parking spaces as compared to the requirements of today’s by-laws and policies.

What do you think?  Complete the questionnaire by clicking the link.  Questionnaire http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/west-end-parking-strategy.aspx

Download the entire PDF of the West End Community Plan     West End Community Plan  http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/west-end-community-plan.pdf

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In 2015 the City of Vancouver held a survey and number of pop-ups to engage the community.  The results were almost 4,000 respondents, of which 80% were residents and 20% visitors.
Apparently permit holders were over represented.

Learn more about that survey here  http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/west-end-parking-strategy-nov-2015-survey-summary.pdf

Timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones to create and deliver the strategy.

  • Nov 2015

    Phase 1 community engagement

    Conduct survey and engage residents to better understand parking issues, test support for various tools that could improve parking, and invite people to share their own ideas.

    • Nov 7 – Dec 7 online questionnaire
  • July 2016

    Phase 2 community engagement

    Get public and stakeholder feedback on draft recommendations

  • We are here
    • July 19 and 23 open houses
    • July 7 – August 15 online questionnaire
  • Fall 2016

    Council meeting

    Present recommendations to City Council for approval

  • 2017

    Implementation

    Carry out the recommendations if Council approves the strategy

Contact the city by email at westendparking@vancouver.ca

Post source : Davie Village Post, City of Vancouver

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