To Committee: Mon. Dec. 2, 6:30pm, City Hall
Five hour on-street parking and overnight parking year-round in city lots downtown are among the changes to city parking being proposed by city staff.
Other changes include:
- no onstreet parking between 1am-6am, unless permitted through a Neighbourhood On-Street Parking Program, 15 day personal exemption or permit system.
- parking permitted in driveway “aprons” (asphalt between the sidewalk and road) provided vehicles don’t encroach on either the sidewalk or road.
- two-day per year exemption for RVs for loading/unloading
- replacing the existing Neighbourhood On-Street Parking Program with a standard exemption to permit on-street parking between 1am-6am. Requests for this exemption would be received by the Director of Transportation, who would review and prepare a recommendation report to Committee and Council for approval.
If approved, the changes would take effect in April 2014.
My Take: I’m thrilled with the proposed changes, which residents have been asking for. The five hour on-street limit will help family and friends avoid tickets during weekend or holiday visits that extend past the old 3-hr limit. Condo owners have long asked for overnight parking in city lots, given many of their buildings don’t have visitor parking. The proposals make good use of existing road and parking infrastructure to accommodate parking needs.