26th Street Resident Exempt Parking Area Project

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Introduction

The City will be implementing a Resident Exempt Parking Area (REPA) on 26th Street and some adjacent side-streets in Fall 2021. A REPA is an on-street parking program that is intended to improve parking opportunities for residents, while balancing the needs of all users.

Background

26th Street experiences parking congestion from commuters, employees, and visitors of nearby businesses. Therefore, residents of 26th Street approached the City of Vernon to request that a REPA be implemented. In October 2020, the City completed a parking assessment and a survey of residents, at which time it was determined that the observed parking congestion and level of resident support warranted a REPA.

October 2020 survey results

The City circulated a survey to 26th Street residents in October 2020 to confirm there was enough support for the program. The City received responses from more than 50% of residential dwellings and more than 67% supported a REPA, which meant there was sufficient support.

Common concerns we heard from residents through the survey:

  1. Narrow road width after snowfalls
  2. Some of the four hour parking zones should be two hour parking
  3. Possible parking spillover into adjacent streets
  4. Permit fees

We hope this site will help address some of the above noted questions (please check the FAQ tab below).

Project details

To fully implement this program, the City will:

  1. Gather your feedback before we finalize a parking layout design.
  2. Finalize the parking layout design.
  3. Design and implement a parking permit process to launch in Fall 2021.
  4. Install REPA signage in Fall 2021

Implementation of the REPA is planned by Fall 2021.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the map and fill out the survey below to let use know what you think about the proposed 2 hour / 4 hour zones and general concerns with parking. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on available data, safety, and bylaw regulations.

The survey closes on April 30, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.

Introduction

The City will be implementing a Resident Exempt Parking Area (REPA) on 26th Street and some adjacent side-streets in Fall 2021. A REPA is an on-street parking program that is intended to improve parking opportunities for residents, while balancing the needs of all users.

Background

26th Street experiences parking congestion from commuters, employees, and visitors of nearby businesses. Therefore, residents of 26th Street approached the City of Vernon to request that a REPA be implemented. In October 2020, the City completed a parking assessment and a survey of residents, at which time it was determined that the observed parking congestion and level of resident support warranted a REPA.

October 2020 survey results

The City circulated a survey to 26th Street residents in October 2020 to confirm there was enough support for the program. The City received responses from more than 50% of residential dwellings and more than 67% supported a REPA, which meant there was sufficient support.

Common concerns we heard from residents through the survey:

  1. Narrow road width after snowfalls
  2. Some of the four hour parking zones should be two hour parking
  3. Possible parking spillover into adjacent streets
  4. Permit fees

We hope this site will help address some of the above noted questions (please check the FAQ tab below).

Project details

To fully implement this program, the City will:

  1. Gather your feedback before we finalize a parking layout design.
  2. Finalize the parking layout design.
  3. Design and implement a parking permit process to launch in Fall 2021.
  4. Install REPA signage in Fall 2021

Implementation of the REPA is planned by Fall 2021.


Feedback

We want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to look at the map and fill out the survey below to let use know what you think about the proposed 2 hour / 4 hour zones and general concerns with parking. Note that some input may not be accommodated based on available data, safety, and bylaw regulations.

The survey closes on April 30, 2021. You can also ask questions below. If you are unable to complete the survey online and would like to discuss the project, please contact Ellen Croy at 250-550-3676, or ecroy@vernon.ca.

  • What is a REPA?

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    A REPA would allow permit holders (e.g. residents, adjacent businesses) to park on-street longer than posted time limits. Non-permit holders parked longer than the time limits may be subject to a fine. The purpose of a REPA is to improve parking opportunities for residents while balancing the needs of all users.

    Parking signs would look similar to the sign shown to the left. The sign would include:

    • The time limit (2 or 4 hours)
    • The restricted days/hours (e.g. 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday); and,
    • Would have text saying "Except Permit Holders"

    Motorists with or without a permit could park longer than the time limits outside of the restricted days/hours.

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    Who can purchase a permit?

    Within the project boundary, residents and local businesses will be eligible to purchase a permit. Businesses outside of the REPA area would also be eligible to purchase permits in order to park in the area for longer than the posted time limits, when serving a property in the boundary. The boundary will be formalized as we develop the program in 2021.

    How many permits can I purchase?

    • Resident REPA Permits: 2 permits per dwelling
    • Local Business REPA Permits: 3 permits per local business
    • Service Vehicle REPA Permits: 2 permits per business

    How much will a permit cost?

    The fees for REPA permits are established in the City’s Fees & Charges Bylaw:

    • Resident REPA Permits: $12.50 each per year
    • Local Business REPA Permits: $120 each per year
    • Service Vehicle REPA Permits: $120 each per year

    How will I be able to purchase a permit?

    Once our process is confirmed, we will circulate details on how to purchase a permit.

    What will I need to provide to purchase a REPA permit?

    We are currently working on a permitting process, but will require the following for each permit type:

    • Resident REPA Permits:
      • Vehicle registration showing your name, license plate, and address (located within the REPA zone).
      • Photo ID showing your current address (located within the REPA zone).
    • Local Business REPA Permits: 3 permits per local business
      • Business license showing business name and address (located within the REPA zone).
      • Vehicle registration showing vehicle's license plate and address.
    • Service Vehicle REPA Permits: 2 permits per business
      • Business license showing business name and address (located within the REPA zone).

    Why do I have to pay for a REPA permit?

    On-street parking is owned by all members of the public, and is not designated for one specific group. The REPA program ensures that all members of the public can use the public on-street parking, but permit holders would have more benefits. This program takes significant time and resources to implement and operate:

    1. Additional staff time to administer and enforce the program.
    2. Costs to install new signs and maintain them.
    3. Costs to design and operate permitting system.
    4. Staff time and resources to monitor the program into the future.

    The current costs for permits ($12.50 per year for residents and $120 per year for local businesses / service vehicles) are minimal compared to the time and resources required for the City to operate the program.

    Why couldn't this parking be for residents only?

    Public streets are intended for all residents and visitors, and should not be designated for use by one user group. Keeping the area as a Resident Exempt Parking Area still allows anyone to park there.

    What if I have a visitor or client coming that needs to park for longer than the time limits?

    If your visitor or client needs to park longer than the posted time limits, we recommend that if you have a REPA permit, you park your vehicle(s) on-street (allowed to park longer than the time limit), while your visitor or client parks on your property.

    Note that we are not issuing visitor REPA permits.

    If you have a large event coming up (subject to Public Health Orders), you can call the City's Bylaw Compliance Department in advance to discuss.

    What if I'm a business (e.g. plumbing, contractor) that needs to service a home on 26th Street?

    If your business vehicle needs to service a home on 26th St for longer than the posted time limits, you can purchase a Service Vehicle REPA Permit for $120 per year. Or, you can request to park on your client's private property.

    How will the REPA help with 26th Street becoming narrower after a snowfall?

    The purpose of the REPA is to reduce parking congestion, which could create more space on-street for vehicles to pull over and pass each other. In the final parking layout design, we will review "no parking" zones to give more opportunities for vehicles to pass each other. At this time, we recommend keeping parking on both sides where possible to help calm traffic. In addition, staff will have the opportunity to implement temporary no parking areas in the winter to help with snow ploughing if needed.

    What if the 26th Street parking congestion spills over into adjacent streets?

    Staff would continually monitor and may be required to expand the program if necessary to address parking spill over.

    How did the City decide which areas are recommended for 2 hour and 4 hour parking areas?

    Staff collected parking congestion and turnover data and determined the proposed 2 hour and 4 hour parking areas.

    Where would commuters park if 26th Street is no longer an option for them?

    There is still some monthly parking capacity at the City's monthly parking lots that could be used. Moreover, the City is continually making improvements to alternative transportation options across the City (walking, biking, small-wheeled transport, and transit) that should be encouraged to reduce parking demand.


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