It's bad enough having to make the long drive to the hospital and it gets even worse when you have to dip into your pocket to pay for parking.
The City of Courtenay is following the lead taken by the City of Campbell River, and moving forward with a ban against pay parking at the new hospital.
Campbell River council voted unanimously on Feb. 20 to adopt a bylaw amendment prohibiting pay parking at its new hospital.
At an in-camera meeting on Monday, March 6, Courtenay city council voted commence proceedings to do the same.
A March 8 press release stated council “voted to make public its decision
directing to staff to prepare a zoning bylaw amendment restricting pay park- ing in Public Use and Assembly Three (PA-3) and Four (PA-4) zones.
Pay parking can result in costs being inadvertently transferred to local government, with parking spilling over into nearby neighbourhood streets and businesses, and greatly increasing the need for bylaw enforcement.
“The City has already had to increase parking enforcement in the area,” advised Jangula. “At times during
hospital construction, our parking and bylaw enforcement staff were patrolling the area up to seven or eight times a day.”