Off-Street Parking Bylaw Review
The current Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw No. 4350-1990, also commonly known as the “Parking Bylaw” currently regulates the location, number, and size of off-street vehicle parking spaces, loading spaces, bicycle spaces, and passenger spaces, to balance the needs of residents, commuters, and visitors.
A comprehensive review of the Parking Bylaw has been underway since Spring 2022 to ensure parking minimums meet modern demands and requirements help facilitate sustainable and transit-oriented development, as well as support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
On October 24, 2023, Council granted the proposed new Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw First Reading. To read the proposed new "Off-Street Parking Bylaw", click HERE.
Why Are We Doing This?
Maple Ridge’s current approach to parking regulations is to require a minimum number of parking spaces for every kind of development – large residential buildings, low density residential houses, commercial spaces, retail, office buildings, industrial buildings and everything in between. The approach taken for the parking requirements of the current Bylaw largely follows best practices from the 1990’s era and more modern approaches have evolved to include trends in facilitating sustainable and transit-oriented development, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and more opportunities for walking, rolling, or transit use over transport by single-occupancy vehicle.
What Is the Goal Of This Process?
A new Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw is the anticipated outcome of this review. The review of the Parking Bylaw does not include on-street parking regulations as on-street parking is regulated through other bylaws. The goals of the new Parking Bylaw are to:
- Support the vision and goals for Maple Ridge;
- Address the City’s sustainability goal of net zero community greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (Official Community Plan Policy 5-45);
- Better align the Parking Bylaw with best practices accepted in the transportation planning industry today;
- Respond to emerging market trends; and
- Improve layout, functionality, and clarity to be more user-friendly and effective in regulating off-street parking.
Where Are We In The Process?
On October 24, 2023, Council granted first reading of City of Maple Ridge Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw No. 7970-2023. The City is currently seeking feedback on the proposed new Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw.
Reports to Council
- September 6, 2022, Council Workshop
- July 25, 2023, Council Workshop
- October 17, 2023, Committee of the Whole
- At this meeting, Council asked questions about the proposed new Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw and forwarded the bylaw to the next Regular Council meeting for consideration of First Reading. To read the report titled " First Reading - City of Maple Ridge Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw No. 7970-2023" click HERE. To watch the meeting, click HERE.
- October 24, 2023, Regular Council meeting