Parking cap for condos gets cool reception at Metro

Parking cap for condos gets cool reception at Metro

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A Metro Vancouver study says many condo buildings typically include more parking stalls than are required.

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By Jeff Nagel – Surrey North Delta Leader

Updated: June 08, 2012 5:15 PM

 

A trend towards less vehicle ownership and fewer people driving has prompted Metro Vancouver officials to recommend caps on how many parking spaces are built into new apartment and condo buildings, particularly those near public transit.

 

 

A survey by Metro staff found strata buildings have 18 to 35 per cent more parking stalls than are actually required by residents – a vast waste of unused space.

 

 

“Young people are delaying getting licences and are purchasing fewer vehicles,” said Janet Kreda, a senior housing planner at Metro. “It’s not just because of the recession, but a longer term trend. It seems we’re driving cars less and owning cars less.”

 

 

Kreda noted the number of registered vehicles in Metro Vancouver has declined and membership in car-sharing services is growing rapidly.

 

 

In line with the driving trend, the new Metro Vancouver Apartment Parking Study suggests cities set a maximum of one to two stalls per strata condo (depending on number of bedrooms) for buildings that are within 800 metres of TransLink’s Frequent Transit Network, where transit service is guaranteed every 15 minutes or less.

 

 

And it suggested a lower cap of one to 1.5 stalls per rental apartment near transit, on the basis that renters are less likely to own vehicles.

 

 

The study also suggests visitor parking be cut from a typical two stalls for every 10 units to just one.

 

 

Other recommendations include more steps to promote car-sharing and encourage developers to sell units without a parking stall to buyers who can forgo a car to save money.

 

 

But Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, Metro’s regional planning and agriculture committee chair, said the findings are out of step with the political reality on the ground.

 

 

“All of us in our communities will be beaten over the heads with your recommendations,” he said.

 

 

Corrigan said street parking is already heavily congested in many dense neighbourhoods across the region and putting less parking into new developments would worsen the problem.

 

 

Too many people would forgo a stall to save $20,000 or more but then join the battle for scarce street parking because they want a car after all, predicted Surrey Coun. Linda Hepner.

 

 

“In Port Coquitlam, that dog wont hunt,” added Port Coquitlam Coun. Brad West. “We hear consistently from people that there’s not enough parking in new developments.”

 

 

Richmond Coun. Harold Steves said three major developments have been rejected recently in his city because of neighbours outraged about the potential parking impacts from the increased density.

 

 

“This is the number one issue,” he said.

 

 

The committee directed Metro staff to strip the report of any suggestion the findings constitute “guidelines” to local cities.

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COMMENT :

Every time I read stories like this, I think of Western Movies……y’know….where the cattle are taken off the open range and herded to the eventual slaughter.

QUOTE:

A survey by Metro staff found strata buildings have 18 to 35 per cent more parking stalls than are actually required by residents – a vast waste of unused space.

 

 

“Young people are delaying getting licences and are purchasing fewer vehicles,” said Janet Kreda, a senior housing planner at Metro. “It’s not just because of the recession, but a longer term trend. It seems we’re driving cars less and owning cars less.”

These little snot- nosed OVERPAID bureaucrats , as usual, cannot leave well enough alone and have to find some way to justify their jobs….which almost, without exception, is synonymous  with  MORE Big Brother intrusions and impositions on the Taxpayers that PAY their salaries.

In typical Socialist/Communist fashion….these treacherous/traitorous  whores are herding us into a Big Brother world of bureaucratic Utopia.

Their Utopia would be to create a (2) class system of THEM versus US. We end up in “little cages” called Hi Rise condos…no space for cars…= dependent on the Transit System none of us have a vote on.   Slowly but surely they reduce options either directly (ie via urban planning , OCP’s etc.) or indirectly (via taxation etc.) .I live near Hi Density and there is never enough parking, it inevitably spills onto the streets and can quite hazardous.

Or, perhaps this is what they in Gov’t want so as to then install parking meters in these areas and gouge people even more and send their hard earned money into the bottomless pit called General Revenue.


 

NOTE: Review your old psychology textbooks and the experiments with rats who were given increasingly confined living space.

This type of IMPOSED Utopia need not be created via military force….at least that is more upfront….it is created by the death of a thousand cuts…” bureaucracy run wild”.

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