Policy could preclude Maple Ridge parking predicaments

Residents may soon be able to collect signatures requesting either a resident-only or a resident-exemption policy in their neighbourhoods

If Maple Ridge council agrees, residents frustrated by parking problems from outsiders soon will be able to get the interlopers out of their neighbourhoods.

That could mean West Coast Express commuters will have to have find another place to park their cars when catching the train into Vancouver.

If council OKs the policy at its June 26 meeting, residents will be able to collect signatures requesting either a resident-only or a resident-exemption policy in their neighbourhoods.

However, 65 per cent of the residents in that area would have make such a request.

Under the resident-only policy, only vehicles belonging to local residents will be allowed to park on streets in that area.

Under the resident-exemption policy, non-residents would have time limits of one or two hours, while residents with a permit could park longer. Fees for parking decals are proposed to be $10.

The policies could be applied to areas near the Port Haney West Coast Express station, the Maple Meadows Way station or near Ridge Meadows Hospital.

Parking on streets around the Maple Meadows Way station has “created some challenges,” Mayor Ernie Daykin said later.

And people who park near the Port Haney station may instead have to be dropped off if local neighbours request parking restrictions.

If approved, the policies only would apply in single-family or semi-detached areas, Mayor Ernie Daykin pointed out later.

Currently, Maple Ridge has no areas restricted to residents only while downtown streets have varying time limits, up to three hours.

“There are basically zero parking restrictions,” said the mayor.