New parking rules proposed

White Rock residents are invited to have their say on proposed new parking rules.

A proposed change to the city’s parking bylaw seeks to remove the city-wide three-hour maximum parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and replace it with three-hour parking only in the city’s uptown core.

As a consequence of the amendment, residents outside uptown would be able to park licensed vehicles for up to three days outside their homes.

The proposal was motivated by parking issues between residents on Roper Avenue and visitors to the adjacent Peace Arch Manor.

And a report on the issue and subsequent amendment was put before city council’s committee of the whole Monday night.

Coun. Doug McLean questioned how the amendment would help the residents of Roper Avenue. Coun. Matt Todd despaired how people in the Roper Avenue area couldn’t simply share their space and even referred to it as a “social cancer.”

“I have two younger sisters who share their Halloween candy better,” he said.

Coun. Catherine Ferguson noted no one has the right to park their private property on public space.

Under the proposed amendment, parking in the city would be restricted to three hours within from North Bluff to Thrift Avenue and Martin Street to George Street.

The committee accepted the amendment recommendation but with the proviso that public consultation be carried out and notices to be sent to all residents.

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