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Overnight parking in downtown lots, 5hr onstreet limit among changes proposed

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.

I support extending the minimum parking to 3hrs, free parking on Saturday, reducing fees for outlying lots, working toward addressing future parking supply, and asking all people working in the downtown to pay for their own parking
You’ll be able to park overnight in city lots next Spring if staff recommendations are approved.

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.

The proposals will be discussed at the Development & Infrastructure Committee Dec. 2, 6:30pm, City Hall. The public can attend and speak by registering in advance.

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.

 

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

What's your take?