Update on West End parking motions at City Council (March 12, 2019)

West End map from WECP 2013We reported that City Council would be discussing parking in the West End (Two motions in Council March 12 (Tues) regarding West End Parking Management Strategy & Participatory Budgeting Process).

Here is an epilogue.

Below is the text of the approved motions. Video clips of the Council discussion on these specific points is available online on the Council agenda page.

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For reference, much of this relates to a staff report that went to City Council on February 26. Here are the links.

2. West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process

Chris Darwent, Senior Parking Engineer, Engineering Services, to present on the Administrative Report dated January 29, 2019.

REPORT CONCLUSION: The West End Parking Strategy is working as expected as the number of permits being sold is decreasing and the amount of parking available for visitors has increased. As this is a long-term strategy, more time is required to see full results. Additionally, minor bylaw amendments are required to accommodate a small number of long-term residents that are currently not eligible for the non-market rate. The Participatory Budgeting Pilot is well underway with community engagement and is expected to have projects selected in June 2019.

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MOTION B1. Rescission of Resolution for West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process

MOVED by Councillor De Genova

SECONDED by Councillor Fry

WHEREAS

  1. On February 26, 2019, Council passed a resolution with respect to the West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process;
  2. The resolution passed by Council puts the pilot process on hold. This also affects the City of Vancouver’s ability to provide reduced-cost permits to long-term residents of the West End, including individuals living on fixed incomes;
  3. There are possible ways to move forward with staff recommendations and receive updates to the impact permit rates have on the availability of parking for visitors in the West End and feedback on giving long-term residents a reduced rate for their parking permit fee.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council rescind the resolution regarding the West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process, passed at the February 26, 2019, meeting.

CARRIED (Vote No. 04155)
(Councillor Kirby-Yung opposed)

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MOTION B2. Moving Forward with the West End Parking Management Strategy and
Participatory Budgeting Process

MOVED by Councillor De Genova
SECONDED by Councillor Carr

FINAL MOTION AS APPROVED

WHEREAS

  1. Staff has invested considerable time and effort to move forward with the West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process;
  2. The resolution passed by Council at the February 26, 2019 Council meeting may have come with unintended consequences, that not all Council members were aware of including:
    i. Cancelling an opportunity for public participation and consultation through a public open house where significant notices were mailed to addresses in the west end, notifying the neighbourhood of the public open house;
    ii. Low income and fixed income individuals, including seniors, not being able to renew their permits at reduced rates, as they have been able to do throughout the process previously;
  3. Staff can report back to Council via memo, with concerns included in the amended recommendations, while the process moves forward, if a resolution including language giving this direction is passed by Council.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

A. THAT Council receive for information the update on the progress of the West End Parking Strategy and the Participatory Budgeting Pilot, as outlined in the Administrative Report dated January 29, 2019, entitled “West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process”, presented at the Regular Council meeting on February 26, 2019.

B. THAT Council approve, in principle, changes to the Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 as detailed in the Administrative Report dated January 29, 2019, entitled “West End Parking Management Strategy and Participatory Budgeting Process” and Appendix A of the same report;

FURTHER THAT Council authorize the Director of Legal Services to prepare and bring forward for enactment amendments to the Street and Traffic By-law No. 2849 as generally outlined in Appendix A of the above-noted report.

C. THAT Council direct staff to report back via a memo in March 2020, to provide information including any impact the extension of reduced residential permit parking fees by West End residents may have on the greater availability of on street parking.

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