One-hour parking sign on Greig Ave. and Atwood Street on Thursday, April 12. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Two-hour parking to replace short-term spaces in downtown Terrace

Portions of downtown will also offer all-day unrestricted on-street parking

The city is expanding short-term parking spaces downtown to two-hours, replacing outdated signage in Terrace this week.

In addition, all streets outside of the two-hour parking zone will allow for all-day unrestricted on-street parking in the downtown area, notwithstanding regular winter restrictions for snow removal.

“If you want to make a stop and stay for four or five hours, you can park along one of those streets and you won’t be dealing with enforcement,” Block said.

Currently, the City has a total of 5,000 parking spaces available downtown. Forty per cent of the 1,000 on-street parking spaces are limited to one hour or less.

The change grew out of recommendations made by city consultant MMM Group (now WSP), which advised the City to increase the time limits on short-term parking to two hours, increase parking enforcement for hot-spot areas downtown, or spaces with high turnover rates, and implement a sign maintenance policy.

READ MORE: Terrace parking study recommends increased enforcement

The old signage has caused some confusion for drivers in the past, according to David Block, director of development services.

“We have some streets that show a one-hour time limit on one side, with no signage on the [other] side,” said Block during a council committee of the whole meeting on Thursday.

“Signs have gone missing over the years and haven’t been replaced or maintained, so there’s a bit of confusion throughout the downtown and it’s not really clear.”

Removal and replacement of signage will require $15,000 of the $65,000 budgeted for the downtown parking plan, according to Block. The new rules will affect the downtown portions of Park Avenue, Lazelle Avenue, Lakelse Avenue, Greig Avenue, Sparks Street, Emerson Street, and Kalum Street.

Most 15-minute parking-limit signs will also be taken down with the exception of those in front of five services like the post office, Happy Gang Centre, movie theatre and hotels.

Vibrant, commercial districts typically see about 85 per cent turnover for on-street parking spaces, according to Block. Right now Terrace is seeing 30 per cent occupancy during weekdays, and 20 per cent occupancy on the weekends.

“The turnover is key for our businesses to see a lot of traffic coming in and not see staff parking for eight hours,” Block said.

The City does see some hot-spots pop up over lunch hours, where during peak times there is a demand that nears the desired threshold. According to data provided by the city, 85 per cent of Terrace residents drive to work.

Terrace public works will start removing the old signage in mid-April with a completion date expected in May. Crews will install the new signs on a block-by-block basis.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


The new signage will cost $15,000 of the City’s $65,000 budget for development of the downtown area. (Contributed photo)

Just Posted

Oil tanker ban to be reviewed by committee

Indigenous groups for and against Bill C-48 travel to Ottawa to influence the Senate’s decision

Supportive housing project delayed until end of winter

Rainy conditions have stalled groundwork for the 52-unit development on Olson Avenue

Tyler Dozzi breaks national record, ‘running like a madman’

Terrace runner sets new time in Boston in his last U20 race

Sparse public response on Terrace’s first cannabis store

BC Cannabis is looking to set up shop at the Skeena Mall

Haisla yet to sign LNG benefits deals with the province

Other First Nations already receiving cash payments

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

BCHL’ers blanked by Russia at World Junior A Challenge

Canada West loses battle of the unbeaten teams in the preliminary round

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

Second Canadian missing in China after questioning by authorities

Michael Spavor, founder of a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea, “is presently missing in China”

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Most Read