A decision on whether to limit city parking to three hours goes to the vote in council today.
It’s a hang-over from the December 19 Council meeting, where Councillors resolved to consult the public about introducing maximum three hour time parking limits within the core retail area only.
The surveys on Facebook and Survey Monkey from January 15 – 29, rejected the three hour limit 64 per cent to 36 per cent.
The Facebook poll reached 18,727 people with 763 voting against and 424 in favour.
The staff recommendation is for councillors to drop the three hour time limit recommendation as the benefits of the current no time limit system outweigh those associated with time limits.
The benefits of the current system are that people can choose their own time limit. It is an easy to use system determined by price only, and customers don’t have to search for a parking place that suits their need.
It also addresses concerns raised by retailers who in the past have stated that time limits do not allow enough time for their customers.
Customers are entitled to park for as long as they are prepared to pay for, eliminating the practice of car shuffling from space to space when a time limit expires.
If they do decide to proceed against the advice councillors can make a decision to proceed with the 3-hour time limit via an amendment to the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2012.
A flurry of parking changes were proposed in a notice of motion filed by councillor Terry Molloy in November 2017.
In order to bring pedestrians back into the central city he proposed driving up long term parking prices.
Proposals including CBD parking be free for the first two hours and $6 an hour after that, raising daily parking for CBD commuters from $6 to $36 a day on-street or $12 in a parking building, which were rejected earlier.