The proposed expansion of a Kelowna school should not be accompanied by any extra parking spaces, city staff say.
An addition to Okanagan Mission Secondary on Lakeshore Road is not expected to trigger a squeeze on available parking spaces, staff say.
Current regulations, which require five parking spaces for each classroom, are considered outdated because they were devised when students could begin driving independently at age 16. Under the graduated licensing systems, most students cannot drive themselves to school until they are in Grade 12.
There are currently 179 parking spots at the school, which staff say is ample to meet demand when OKM's expansion is complete.
Boosting the number of lots to 255, as would technically be required under the parking regulations, would result in the loss of some playing fields, city staff say.
Councillors will consider the school district's request for a parking variance at their Tuesday night meeting.