More pay parking is coming to Coquitlam's Town Centre.
A city staff recommendation discussed Monday calls for the expansion of pay parking near the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Town Centre Park, City Centre Aquatic Complex (CCAC) and Douglas College.
Affected areas include along Glen Drive and the
High Street, Town Centre Boulevard north of Guildford Way, and Pinetree Way north of Guildford.
"I think this is going to take a while for everybody to get used to the regulations," Coun. Craig Hodge said.
The changes on Pinetree Way will affect the amount of time people can park in that area. Parking is currently allowed in both two-hour and 15-minute increments, while staff are recommending four-hour increments be added.
Dan Mooney, the city's manager of roads and traffic operations, noted the changes come after discussions with staff at Douglas College and the Evergreen Cultural Centre, who said current time limits hamper the use of pay parking spots.
The city hopes the expansion of pay parking near Glen Drive and the High Street will increase availability, while encouraging motorists to seek other options like onsite facilities.
The area near Town Centre Boulevard north of Guildford Way currently includes a mix of both on-street pay parking and resident-only zones.
Other sections of road in the area ban parking at all times. Staff are recommending the addition of 65 new on-street spots, a pitch that's already been given the green light by local strata councils.
"They felt that providing additional options for students attending Douglas College and for any major events that occur from time to time at the CCAC facility - it would reduce the incidence that they experience with students and facility users parking within their visitors' parking stalls," notes a city staff report.
The maximum duration for parking in those areas would be four hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The city is also considering using lots near Town Centre Park as park-and-ride locations for the Evergreen Line.
"We could identify hundreds of spaces, I think, that would satisfy some of the need for park-and-ride facilities for SkyTrain, and I want to see that discussion take place," said Mayor Richard Stewart.