Curb Access & Parking Plan

We’re engaging community members to share their thoughts on proposed policy changes, and how to prioritize the implementation of these changes for to meet City-wide objectives. 

Watch for opportunities to participate in the engagement process beginning June 17 – July 8.

Rebalancing access to curb space to support more community needs.


Our curb regulations have not fully kept pace with demand in recent years. This means that people are struggling to access curb space in many parts of the City, whether this is parking near shops in commercial areas, parking near home, or finding space to load or unload goods safely. 

When demand for curb space outweighs supply, unregulated parking can be an inefficient use of space, which limits the City’s ability to make positive contributions towards its transportation, economic, environmental, and livability goals.

The Curb Access and Parking Plan will provide direction for regulations that will equitably balance access to curb space to meet the needs of our community. This includes looking at how best to regulate parking, creating better access to our residences, businesses, and other destinations in the City. 

Changes to curb access
Five proposed policy changes have been developed based on tools the City has available today, considering global best management practices for parking, aligning with City-wide and project objectives, and in response to challenges we hear from community members in an engagement process in fall 2023. 

  1. Expand pay parking in high-demand areas of the City to better manage parking turnover and demand.
  2. Modernize the Resident & Visitor Parking Policy, allowing more people to access permits, and expanding permit areas to more parts of the City. 
  3. Expand short-term loading zones for the efficient and safe movement of people and goods.
  4. Provide more accessible on-street parking spaces near to shops, services, and key destinations across the City.
  5. Enable unique special-use parking to ensure a wide range of curbspace needs are achieved

For more details on each change, see our Proposed Policy Changes Report.

How to get involved 

Input will be considered alongside technical analysis and best practices to inform phased implementation. This is the second of two phases of engagement, and is at the “consult” level of engagement on the IAP2 Spectrum of Engagement. At this level of engagement we commit to keeping you informed, listening to and acknowledging concerns and providing feedback on how input influenced the decision (Learn more about the IAP2 Spectrum of Engagement

Policy changes to curb access

Proposed policy changes are based on tools the City has available today, considers global best parking management practices, aligns with City-wide and project objectives, and responds to challenges we hear from community members. 

For more details on each change, please see the Proposed Policy Changes Report

Change 1 Expand pay parking in high-demand areas of the City to better manage parking turnover and demand.
Current State Observed occupancy tends to be near 100%, resulting in significant circling for an available parking spot.
Anticipated Future State Demand is regulated through pricing, ensuring that each block hits a targeted occupancy (with a sweet spot of ~85%) so that a few spaces per block are available at any given time.
Change 2 Modernize the Resident & Visitor Parking Policy, including expansion of spatial coverage, and adjustment of eligibility criteria and costs.
Current State Resident Exempt (RE) permits are available to residents living in housing with three or less units and select older multi-family buildings. Many residents are ineligible for permits despite needing access.
Anticipated Future State Regardless of housing type, parking permits are available for purchase for residents who need it. Permit rates will reflect demand for the space within a permit zone and can be adjusted on a regular basis to bring into balance demand and supply.
Change 3 Expand short-term loading zones for the efficient and safe movement of people and goods.
Current State Demand exceeds supply of loading zones, resulting in double parking, where vehicles park in general travel lanes, creating unsafe conditions.
Anticipated Future State More loading zones for people and goods, both in residential and commercial areas, reducing double parking, and improving safety.
Change 4 Provide more accessible on-street parking spaces in close proximity to shops, services, and key destinations across the City.
Current State Accessible on-street parking for people with disabilities is sporadic and occupied most of the time.
Anticipated Future State More accessible parking is provided at regular intervals near shops and services, including applying pay parking to high-demand accessible spaces, to encourage parking turnover. Provide an online map with all accessible public parking spaces to improve legibility and awareness of spots in the City.
Change 5 Enable unique special-use parking to ensure a wide range of curbspace needs are achieved.
Current State Most unique special-use parking needs are underserved (e.g., car-share, bike parking, and shuttle buses).
Anticipated Future State More space for special-use parking needs.

What is ‘curb access’?

For the purposes of this project, curb access and management of curb space refers to various policies, programs, infrastructure, and operating changes that result in more equitable and beneficial use of our curb space (the portion of the right-of-way adjacent to travel lanes that is directly beside the curb, often used for parking). 

Figure 1: Components of City right-of-way with on-curb, curb lane, and street demonstrated.

Figure: 1 Components of City right-of-way

Today in the City of North Vancouver, over 90% of the City’s curb space is dedicated to vehicle parking. This leaves less room for a growing number of other uses, including transit stops, goods movement, passenger drop off, and public spaces for people to use and enjoy.

There may also be a need for dedicated room for various road users to travel in the curb lane, including transit, active, and electric modes, including bikes, scooters, and vehicles. Reviewing curb space allocation through this plan can improve fairness, access, and sustainability. 


What is ‘on-street’ and ‘off-street’ parking?

While the main focus of this work will be on the curb lane, some of the access considerations also relate to off-street areas adjacent to the curb.

Off-street space adjacent to the curb lane can also be better managed to support the development of our public realm (places for people), green infrastructure elements such as space for trees, storm water management, greenspace, and infrastructure required to support lighting, electric charging, and telecommunications. 

On-street parking (vehicles parked on street) and off-street parking (public parking garage, residential driveway and single-family home garage) examples.


How the City Manages curb space for vehicle parking today

There are a number of parking restrictions that the City currently deploys to manage parking.

Examples of how the City manages curb spaces, including unrestricted parking, permit restrictions, time or vehicle type restrictions and paid parking.

  • Unrestricted parking: For a large amount of the City, particularly in residential neighbourhoods outside of the regional City Centre, we generally have unrestricted parking (no signage, first come first serve). 
  • Permit restrictions: In areas adjacent to our commercial main streets such as Lonsdale, we have several areas with resident permit parking. The intention here is reduce external parking pressure on residential streets outside commercial areas and help residents with insufficient off-street parking. 
  • Time or vehicle-type restrictions: We also have time-limited and vehicle type restrictions. This is particularly the case in our busiest areas (for example in Lower Lonsdale). Time-based restrictions encourage higher turnover so more people are able to find parking near businesses. An example of a vehicle-type restriction would be a loading zones for picking up people, or dropping off goods. 
  • Paid parking: The City has a limited number of on-street paid parking spaces around the Lions Gate Hospital, which promote higher turnover by creating a cost to use the space for a limited amount of time.

What we heard in phase 1 engagement

The proposed policy changes listed below have been developed to address challenges we heard from the public during Phase 1 engagement last fall. These are the main items we heard and more information is presented in the engagement summary document listed as an additional resource below. 

  • It’s hard to find parking in our busiest areas
  • Resident parking permits exclude the majority of our residents
  • More convenient and safe loading opportunities are needed
  • The supply of accessible parking is insufficient
  • Changes in on-street and off-street parking policy need to be coordinated 
  • Curb space for mobility, storage, and public place-making requires ongoing conversation. 

Learn more in the Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report.

Project timeline

The first step of the plan development is to gather input from the community to understand what is working well on our curbs, and what needs to be reassessed. This was undertaken in the fall of 2023. 

We are now at Step 3 of engaging the community on Proposed Policy Changes, to support with the development of the final plan and phased implementation strategy. 


Phase 1 – Building Awareness & Input | Winter 2023

Building awareness of the project and providing opportunities for the public to participate and share their needs. 


Phase 2 – Develop Proposed Policy Changes | Spring 2024

Develop Preliminary Directions for the Curb Access & Parking Plan and share feedback received during previous phase of engagement. Review the Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report.


Phase 3 – Community Engagement | Summer 2024

Inform interest-holders and community members on proposed policy changes and consult with these groups to determine implementation planning and phasing. 


Phase 4 – Finalize the Plan | Fall 2024

Refine the Plan based on feedback and additional technical analysis, and present the Plan and associated Implementation Strategy to Council for endorsement.


Phase 5 – Implementation | Spring 2025 onwards

Follow the phased implementation strategy and deliver curb space changes. 


Contact Us

Transportation Planning Team
Phone: 604-982-9675

Vehicles parked at curb.

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