Letter: Empty Willoughby driveways misinterpreted

Dear Editor,

Your article [No easy fix for all parking problems in Willoughby, June 26, Langley Advance] states that a parking “report” (which is a waste of money) claims there is ample parking because they noticed that some of the driveways are empty.

If cars are in the garages of the houses, then owners can’t have the suites park in the driveway, blocking them in. It’s irrelevant if some people choose to use their garages or not; they can’t have the suite tenants blocking in the owners’ cars.

Remember that homeowners are now charged fees and 30 per cent more taxes for having suites – so council cannot claim parking is not their issue. They know about, charge for, and in fact, encourage suites in these new houses as “affordable housing,”  therefore the designs of the neighbourhoods need to accommodate the suites, including parking.

Councils’ comments are laughable to date:

• Transit – what transit?

• Half-width roads are fully developed (come look).

• Per above, some driveways are not used so cars are not blocked in garages.

Councillors need to use their own brains, they don’t need to waste money on reports when the public is telling them the simple, obvious stuff.

Time to develop with a plan (OCP) that works for society, including tenants of suites, not just developers, their profits, and “ironic revenues” which cause our taxes to rise each year.

High density needs proper parking and schools. Until council can provide that, please pause development and make better plans.

Mike MacDonald, Langley

Just Posted

Langley Home Expo shows off home and yard improvements

The annual event is being held in Brookswood at the George Preston Rec Centre

Kodiaks dominate spring season

Seven lopsided wins in a row for the 2018 provincial midget champions

Fort Langley artists know how to make an entrance

First show of the season features 14 artists and about 40 works of art.

Winner announced in Langley Total Makeover Contest

Cheri McBride thanked friends and family for supporting her

LETTER: Langley cycling lanes sparse and treacherous

Bike to School and Bike to Work week is taking place May 27-31

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Burnaby facility to dispose of 1,500 tonnes of Canada’s trash from Philippines

All 103 containers will be disposed of properly within Canada before the end of the summer

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Man wants guilty plea revoked in 2012 collision in Abbotsford that killed Chilliwack woman

Michael Larocque was charged in relation to crash that killed Eileen Kleinfelder

High-risk sex offender released into Surrey

Earon Wayne Giles, a Newton “tag-team rapist,” was released from prison Friday and is now living in Surrey

Vancouver woman sexually assaulted after man follows her home; suspect at large

Police are looking for an Asian man in his 40s after the incident on Vancouver’s east side.

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

UPDATE: Vancouver man dies after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

Police believe speed was a factor in Thursday collision

Trial slated to start Monday for accused killer of Abbotsford cop

Oscar Arfmann faces first-degree murder for death of Const. John Davidson

Most Read