Letter: Yorkson parking problem due to abuse

Dear Editor,

My husband and I purchased our home in the community of Yorkson South in April 2012. Never once did the developer or its employees mislead us regarding the parking regulations along 80th Avenue.

In fact, we bought our home on 80th Avenue because we were told there would not be street parking, but there would be bike lanes.

For the 2013 holiday season, the council permitted parking along 80th 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.

The actual issue is not the lack of visitor parking. It is 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 has been allotted three parking stalls. Each home has a double car garage and a single outdoor spot adjacent to the garage.

Some people have upwards of six vehicles per household, and many living in Yorkson South do not use their two-car garage for its intended purpose. Some operate personal businesses out of their homes, which may or may not be registered.

There are renters subletting parts of their 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.

Further, cyclists depend on bike lanes along 80th Avenue for their personal safety. As the area continues to grow so does the increase in traffic.

Residents along 80th Avenue would be negatively impacted by removal of the no-parking regulations. We should be consulted, not homeowners blocks away.

I would like to see more focus towards developing the neighbourhood, not diminishing it. For example, there is a desperate need for a pedestrian-controlled crosswalk at 80th Avenue and 211th Street.

If underlying issues are addressed – homeowners with illegal basement suites, unregistered businesses, homeowners not utilizing the parking allotted to them – the parking issues will resolve themselves.

H. Kendell, Willoughby

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