City Creates New Truck Parking Spaces and Develops Long-term Plan
November 08, 2011
Surrey – The City is addressing the needs of the Surrey trucking industry by creating new truck parking spaces and working with the community to develop a long-term solution to the challenge.
“The trucking industry is a very important business sector in Surrey which has seen considerable growth over the past number of years, and we need to ensure they have an appropriate place to park their vehicles,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We have close to 2,600 truck parking spaces in Surrey, but we know there is the potential to create about 17,000 new spaces in industrial zones. We are working hard to encourage industrial land owners to develop and operate truck parking facilities, and we’re working with senior levels of government to create a long-term provincial strategy that meets the business needs of truck operators in Surrey.”
Since 2008, the City has taken a number of steps to address the shortage, including:
- Hiring a truck parking coordinator to work with the trucking community, as well as industrial/commercial property owners, to establish an inventory of existing truck parking opportunities, and to expand the number of spaces available
- Simplifying and improving the Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process for establishing truck parking lots
- Relocating truck parking from unauthorized locations such as the ALR to fully authorized locations
- Implementing a user-friendly database and map tool of truck parking sites to connect truck owners with available truck parking spaces
“We have been working on this very complex issue since 2008, and we’ve significantly increased the number of truck parking spaces. But, we’re still facing a shortage, as are many other municipalities in Metro Vancouver. We’ve been working with the trucking community to find solutions that meet their needs and the needs of the broader community,” says Watts.
For more information on truck parking facilities in Surrey, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/city-government/791.aspx
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Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor