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Ladner to limit downtown parking to three hours
A three hour time limit for parking in Ladner Village will begin in September following consultations between the Corporation of Delta and the Ladner Business Association.
The enforcement will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday in key areas of the village that have been identified as problem parking areas.
"Anyone that's a visitor to downtown Ladner from 10 a.m. to four or five in the afternoon I think will tell you that it's getting pretty frustrating, especially on Delta Street and certain areas of the old village to find a parking stall to go in and do a bit of business," said Coun. Ian Paton at Monday's municipal council meeting.
One of the problems that's been identified is village employees showing up to work in the early morning and taking the premium parking spots and remaining there until the end of their shift. Paton said this is causing traffic congestion as shoppers circle the village looking for a place to park.
Currently, the time limit on street parking in Ladner Village varies between 30 minutes, one hour and two hours, but is completely unenforced. Earlier this year, the LBA met with Delta staff to discuss revising the time limit on street parking to three hours throughout Ladner Village, with the exception of a 20-minute zone in front of the bottle depot.
Enforcement is expected to utilize a camera system that would take photographs of license plates in order to track the amount of the time a vehicle is spending in one spot. Those in violation of the three hour limit will receive a warning first as part of the normal procedure for educating the public on new bylaws.
Following a public awareness campaign of two or three months staff will report back on how well enforcement is working and make changes based on direction from council.
To ensure patrons of Ladner Village become familiar with the new parking regulations, staff will provide the LBA with information postcards to distribute to local businesses. The estimated cost for materials and labour to install the parking regulation signs, and the printing cost for postcards is $12,000.
The LBA requested that the Corporation allow complimentary parking for cars displaying veteran license plates, but chief administrative officer George Harvie said staff were not recommending that idea at this time and suggested three hours was enough for anybody to conclude their business in Ladner.
Delta is continuing to look at areas where off-street parking can be expanded, including the parking lot on Westminster Avenue by Lion's Park, which will soon be increased to 21 sports from the current limit of seven.
Stricter enforcement will also take place on overnight parking in the three municipal public parking lots located on
Chisholm Street, Bridge Street, and Westminster Avenue, respectively.