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Ladner parking woes spark enforcement talk

Parking enforcement may be coming to downtown Ladner as customers and employees compete to find increasingly rare vacant parking spots. -   Adrian MacNair photo
Parking enforcement may be coming to downtown Ladner as customers and employees compete to find increasingly rare vacant parking spots.
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A parking crisis in Ladner has forced the local business association to consider enforcement of street parking in two-hour stalls.

One of the main causes of the crisis is the landowner of the Ladner Harbour Centre has served parking eviction notices to local businesses whose employees routinely park on their property, threatening to tow repeat offenders.

Those employees have had to find other parking spots, resulting in the already overburdened street parking becoming even busier.

“There’s already such limited parking in the Village that there’s no customer parking,” said Jackey Zellweger, president of the Ladner Business Association.

She’s now working with the Corporation of Delta on freeing up more parking as well as looking at enforcing time limits.

Zellweger said there are parking spots available on the outskirts of the village, such as Lion’s Park and Memorial Park, but employees are parking close to where they work and refusing to walk.

Justin Armstrong, co-owner of RR Rentals, said his employees were sharing parking with CIBC employees next the Telus building, but were served with an eviction notice from the landowner.

His employees had to find new parking, usually in the two-hour parking stalls.

He said enforcing two-hour street parking around his business will force his employees to look elsewhere.

“[We need] some sort of guidance from the Corporation of Delta as to where people can park as this area grows—and it has, businesses are busier and there’s more people—where are the excess vehicles to go,” he said.

Armstrong suggested employees in Ladner may eventually have to work out parking arrangements with other businesses or landowners rather than looking for an open spot every day.

Zellweger said the Corporation has been working with them on addressing the problem.

“They understand and they know, they’re trying to make as much a neighbouring parking lot for staff as they can.”

Delta’s chief administrative officer George Harvie said the Corporation has consulted with the LBA but will need to wait for a formal letter to be presented to council with specific restrictions on enforcement.

“Once we get the letter we can prepare a report for council,” he said.

Harvie said staff are currently looking at parking options in Ladner in anticipation of the letter coming forward to council.

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