Parking in some Chilliwack neighbourhoods is always at a premium.
City of Chilliwack is conducting a residential parking study, and staff are holding an open house on Thursday night.
City officials are looking at some “alternative parking solutions” to support the new Zoning Bylaw proposal, which covers parking regulations, and minimum parking standards.
In the next 30 years, Chilliwack is expected to see 25,000 new homes built so a revised approach to parking requirements is being considered.
The goal of the parking study is finding ways of meeting future parking demands, while also fulfilling city council’s long-term vision of densification toward creating a more compact, sustainable, and healthy community, as entrenched in the 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP).
Parking availability in neighbourhoods is a “primary” concern, often voiced by speakers at public hearings, according to a staff report from February 2019. As well city bylaw enforcement staff can sometimes be on the receiving end of multiple parking-related complaints in one day.
City staff are collecting public feedback on residential parking issues with the survey, and hosting an open house on Thursday, April 18, that will see a presentation by staff on proposed changes, and the ability to ask questions, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Hall. The presentation starts at 6:45 p.m.
“We would like to hear from you,” reads the intro to the residential parking survey on the city website. The survey can be printed out.
Completed surveys can be submitted to City Hall at 8550 Young Road, faxed 604.793.2285 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the proposed parking policies, please check the online staff report from February 5, 2019 or contact the Planning Department at 604.793.2906.