Your article [No easy fix for all parking problems in Willoughby, June 26, Langley Advance] states that a parking â€œreportâ€ (which is a waste of money) claims there is ample parking because they noticed that some of the driveways are empty.
If cars are in the garages of the houses, then owners canâ€™t have the suites park in the driveway, blocking them in. Itâ€™s irrelevant if some people choose to use their garages or not; they canâ€™t have the suite tenants blocking in the ownersâ€™ cars.
Remember that homeowners are now charged fees and 30 per cent more taxes for having suites â€“ so council cannot claim parking is not their issue. They know about, charge for, and in fact, encourage suites in these new houses as â€œaffordable housing,â€ therefore the designs of the neighbourhoods need to accommodate the suites, including parking.
Councilsâ€™ comments are laughable to date:
â€¢ Transit â€“ what transit?
â€¢ Half-width roads are fully developed (come look).
â€¢ Per above, some driveways are not used so cars are not blocked in garages.
Councillors need to use their own brains, they donâ€™t need to waste money on reports when the public is telling them the simple, obvious stuff.
Time to develop with a plan (OCP) that works for society, including tenants of suites, not just developers, their profits, and â€œironic revenuesâ€ which cause our taxes to rise each year.
High density needs proper parking and schools. Until council can provide that, please pause development and make better plans.
Mike MacDonald, Langley