The City of Vancouver is proposing a dollar an hour parking meter increase on high traffic streets.
A report going before City Council Tuesday suggests an increase would curb greenhouse gas emissions from people circling blocks to find parking, and address safety issues.
The city’s goal is to free up one to two spaces per block.
But NPA councilor Melissa De Genova says there should be exceptions for handicapped spots.
“Perhaps it’s not the dollar that’s going to matter but how about the last dollar and the dollar before that. And I constantly hear from people about how unaffordable our city is,” she says.
She said it could be a step backward.
“NPA had actually taken a position during the last election that in evenings and perhaps on Sundays, we would actually consider eliminating fees from some of the parking meters,” she says.
But it won’t all be price increases. The report also suggests lowering parking rates by a dollar an hour in areas with less traffic.
Vancouver has around 10,000 metered parking spaces with rates ranging from one to six dollars an hour.
Staff will review the report on Tuesday.