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Pay parking survey gets plenty of response

Online survey to canvass opinions on parking fees until July 27



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MacPherson said: "To date we haven't gone and sought revenue."

When contacted about the activation in the day lots and who reaps the rewards of it, Crankworx spokesperson Michelle Leroux said that there has long been an agreement in place to allow Crankworx, which is owned by Whistler Blackcomb, to use the day lots for activation.

"Crankworx is a zero profit enterprise," she added. "The event never makes money. We usually lose money on Crankworx."

The idea, she added, is to work with resort partners to drive business to the resort and make guests aware of Whistler's summer offerings. Crankworx is generally the largest and busiest week in the summer calendar.

In the meantime, as the lots fill and look alive with Crankworx activity, new signage and way finding will be installed within the month.

It will be colour-coded and complement the existing signage in the resort.

Consultant David Hill will be producing a final report and municipal staff will be taking that to council for endorsement of a direction.

While no specific rate was discussed at the meeting, Hill presented numbers that included setting a $2 hourly rate at all the lots with a $5, $8 and combination $8/$12 daily rate.

The short online survey will be operational for another week, until Wednesday, July 27.

One question asks: Parking spaces in the day skier lots cost about $3,000 to build, and $1,000 per space per year to maintain. Typically, public parking is paid for by local business levies or rented to business owners (as at a shopping mall) or by those who use the lot space by the day or hour (as at parking meters). Who do you think should pay for the parking lot construction, operation and upkeep?

The choices are: a) All taxpayers equally, regardless of how often they use parking

b) Village businesses should pay to ensure that there is parking in the Village

c) Only those who use the parking space, on a pay-as-you-go basis

d) There should be a blend of taxpayer subsidy and user-pay

Another question asks: Is it appropriate for the municipality to charge a "market rate" which may include revenue net of expenses (profit amount), in order to keep taxes down?

The choices are: a) Yes

b) No

c) Somewhat (partial)

d) Don't know