Steveston streets spared from parking meters

Richmond council has decided to keep parking free on Steveston streets this summer.

City council approved a trial parking plan for Steveston, effective from June 11 to Sept. 30.

Instead of parking meters for the village, bylaw enforcement will be stepped up, permit parking will be introduced for lanes and measures to stop spillover into residential areas will be introduced.

New bylaw officers will now be hired—the equivalent of 1.5 full-time positions—to enforce a two-hour daytime limit in the village. If the officers write 15 violation tickets each day this summer, their $39,000 cost will be offset, according to staff.

New signs will be posted at entrances of single-family neighbourhoods notifying motorists of an existing bylaw that limits parking to three hours—unless the vehicle belongs the the owner of the abutting property.

In neighbourhoods with apartments—where the bylaw doesn't apply—the city is expected to introduce a blanket three-hour time limit for parking.

City staff pitched parking meters as a way to accommodate more visitors in the village during the busy summer season after the Steveston Harbour Authority started charging $2 an hour for most spots in its off-street lots last summer. But the city found strong opposition to the idea.

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