Curb Access & Parking Plan

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Curb Access and Parking Plan and shared ideas during our engagement phase. The Curb Access and Parking Plan Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report reflects feedback received in late 2023. Staff are developing preliminary directions with the intention to engage the public and interest-holders again this summer.

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Help shape curb access and parking in the City


The City of North Vancouver is exploring the development of a Curb Access & Parking Plan to improve the choice and convenience of accessing our curb space, while addressing the changing demands of the curb that we’ve seen in recent years. 

This Plan will help residents, visitors, and businesses meet a wider range of needs on our curbs, today and into the future. We’re engaging community members to share their thoughts on how our curbs are working today, and where improvements could be made. 


Why we need a Curb Access & Parking Plan

Our curb regulations have not 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.

This 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. 


How to Get Involved 

Input will be considered alongside data collection and best practices to inform future policy directions. This is the first of two phases of engagement, and is at the “consult” level of engagement on the IAP2 Spectrum of Engagement. (Learn more about the IAP2 Spectrum of Engagement

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, micromobility parking, places for people and goods to be dropped off and picked up, and places for people to enjoy parklets and patios. 

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. Tailoring our street design and curb space allocation to prioritize a range of functions will create a more complete mobility network that improves equity, access, and sustainability.

The goal is to better manage car parking – not necessarily reduce it – while also enabling different uses of the curb in alignment with the goals and objectives of our Council-approved Mobility Strategy. 


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. Examples of vehicle-type restrictions would be a loading zones for picking up people, or dropping off goods; or an accessible parking space for someone with a SPARC accessible parking placard. 
  • 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. The cost associated with paid parking can be altered over time to manage demand and turnover on our streets.

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 will include engaging with the public, businesses, community groups, and more. We know there are many areas that need rethinking, and we want to hear about your experience.

After the first phase of engagement, staff will develop policy directions and work with the community in the spring of 2024 to refine the plan. Staff will bring the final plan to Council next summer. 

It’s important to note that no decisions have been made, and that if Council directs staff to make any changes to curb regulations, that implementation will be phased.


Phase 1 – Building Awareness & Input | Winter 2023 | Currently Underway

We’re currently in Phase 1!

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


Phase 2 – Develop Preliminary Directions | Spring 2024

Develop Preliminary Directions for the Curb Access & Parking Plan and share feedback received during previous phase of engagement.


Phase 3 – Community Engagement | Summer 2024

Present Preliminary Directions for the Curb Access & Parking Plan for review and feedback from interested parties. 


Phase 4 – Finalize the Plan | Fall 2024

Refine the Plan based on feedback, and present the finalized Plan to Council for endorsement.


Phase 4 – Implementation | Winter 2024 onwards

Communicate the final Plan to the public and begin implementation across the City of North Vancouver.


Contact Us

Transportation Planning Team
Phone: 604-982-9675

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