Disabled parking spots now regulated by cities

Changes to the BC Building Code are prompting Port Coquitlam council to update the city’s requirements for disabled parking spots.

Changes to the BC Building Code are prompting Port Coquitlam council to update the city’s requirements for disabled parking spots.

Last December, the province removed its regulations for accessible parking stalls, saying it wanted municipalities to set their own policies.

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PoCo council is expected to use the former rules in the BC Building Code — which would require amending the city’s Parking and Development Management Bylaw — plus ensure any new apartment or mixed-used building with more than 10 residential units has at least one disabled parking spot in the strata visitor parking area.

The issue came up at Tuesday’s committee of council meeting; it is set to be discussed by council at an upcoming regular meeting.

Mayor Brad West told The Tri-City News council may consider boosting the number as the population ages. “It’s something that we’re going to have to pay attention to in the future… but we have a good starting point for now.”

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