Chilliwack city council voted on Sept. 1, 2020 to restrict parking in all cul-de-sacs in the city. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack restricts parking in cul-de-sacs

Council voted to update traffic bylaw recently by adding cul-de-sac parking restriction

Parking in a Chilliwack cul-de-sac is now a thing of the past.

Council voted Sept. 1 to update the highway and traffic bylaw to add a restriction for parking in all cul-de-sacs, among other housekeeping changes.

The bylaw amendment suggestion from staff came forward due to perennial parking issues around snow-clearing and garbage collection in some of the tighter cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads.

As it stands cul-de-sacs in Chilliwack vary in size, Kara Jefford, manager of transportation and drainage for City of Chilliwack, told council on Sept. 1.

Some of them are generous, and won’t generate complaints, or require bylaw enforcement personnel to attend, but some of the tighter ones create “ongoing” issues for staff and numerous complaints.

“Parking in a cul-de-sac becomes problematic for solid waste collection and for access for emergency vehicles and firefighting,” according to the engineering staff report contained in the Sept. 1 council agenda.

Rather than immediately resorting to bylaw enforcement or issuing parking fines, the plan is to send warning letters first to any motorists who are “stopping, standing, and parking” in a cul-de-sac.

READ MORE: Parking study will look for alternatives

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