Letters to the Editor

Residents along 80 Avenue do not want more street parking

Editor: I am contacting you regarding an ongoing issue in my neighborhood. People pushing for more parking do not represent the majority of homeowners in the community of Yorkson South homes.

My husband and I purchased our home in April 2012. Never once did the developer or their employees mislead us regarding the parking regulations along 80 Avenue. In fact, my husband and I purposely bought our home, which is on 80 Avenue, due to the fact that we were told there would not be street parking, but there would be bike lanes.

For the 2013 holiday season, Langley  Township council permitted parking along 80 Avenue, and it was infuriating to say the least. People visiting our neighbours were coming and going at all hours of the day and night and it was a nuisance.

I do not regret my decision to file a complaint in January when the no parking signs along 80 Avenue failed to be uncovered by the stated date.

The actual issue is not the lack of visitor parking. It is due to a number of contributing factors, including homeowners with multiple tenants in illegal basement suites, unregistered personal businesses and homeowners not utilizing the parking allotted to them.

Each home in Yorkson South, as I am sure you are aware, has been allotted three parking stalls. Each home has a double car garage and a single outdoor spot adjacent to the garage.

If you were to do a survey, you will find there are some people who have upwards of six vehicles per household, which includes personal and work vehicles. You will also find out that many people living in Yorkson South do not use their two-car garage for its intended purpose.

There are some people who operate personal businesses out of their homes, which may or may not be registered with the Township. One renter operates a business out of the garage.

The people with small businesses in a residential area are monopolizing the parking for their clients. To makes matters worse, more often than not these are the people who are also violating the no parking regulation in the alley behind 80 Avenue.

Another major issue is the overpopulation within the Yorkson South homes. There are renters who are subletting out parts of the houses to other renters. There are some households with extended families living with them. The illegal suites within the homes are a major contributing factor to the limited visitor parking. These houses are a single family dwelling, with the possibility of one renter.

Those pushing for more parking fail to take into consideration the bike lanes along 80 Avenue and the cyclists who depend on them for their personal safety. As the area continues to grow, so does the increase in traffic. We know cyclists who have been critically injured due to the lack of bike lanes.

My husband is a member of emergency services and has seen firsthand the life saving benefits of bike lanes. We will always support a council that maintains a green initiative and includes bike lanes when neighborhoods are being developed.

Residents living along 80 Avenue will be negatively impacted by the removal of the no parking regulations. We are the ones who should be consulted.

There are other important issues in the area. For example, there is a desperate need for a pedestrian-controlled crosswalk at the corner of 80 Avenue and 211 Street.

If the underlying issues, including homeowners with multiple tenants in illegal basement suites, unregistered personal businesses and homeowners not utilizing the parking allotted to them, are addressed, the parking issues will resolve themselves.

H. Kendell,

Langley

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