Parking spots hard to find near hospital

As an owner that lives in a nearby home we have seen the ever-increasing problem with on-street parking around the hospital.

To the Editor,

Re: Development permit denied over parking, June 16.

As an owner that lives in a nearby home we have seen the ever-increasing problem with on-street parking around the hospital.

With 1,800 people working at the hospital and little parking on site, workers are parking on the side streets. The nearby mall doesn’t have enough parking for their staff so they are parking on the street. The rental building opened last year has four visitor parking spots for about 100 units. You see the overflow in the dead-end street. As well, people with a second car park out in the street.

The staff report is correct by stating that the building appears to consistently generate 15 to 20 vehicles that use on-street parking.

When l read that the developer had come to council wanting a variance of 44 per cent on scaling back parking stalls on the two buildings consisting of 176 rental units, l was amazed that council would even entertain a variance of that size. What would be the point of even having the zoning in place? Also you might as well throw the community neighbourhood plan out the window.

l want to thank those councillors that voted it down.

l’m sure we have not heard the last on this subject.

Grant ShawNanaimo