Council casts vote in favour of longer parking hours

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Chernushenko raises concerns about how bylaw overhaul will impact Lansdowne

Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community News

If you can park for six hours in Old Ottawa South, customers may not pay for spots around Lansdowne, said Capital Coun. David Chernushenko during a vote to ratify changes to the city’s parking bylaw.

Council approved the slate of changes, which most notably include moving to six hour parking on unsigned streets during the weekend and statutory holidays, on Sept. 13.

“The plans for Lansdowne never envisioned streets in Old Ottawa South where you can park for six hours,” he said. “The parking lots in the area are already underwhelmed.”

Chernushenko, who voted in favour of the changes, said he will likely work with residents to institute parking restrictions on some streets.

Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans also said she’d be working with residents.

Deans said between the Sept. 6 transportation meeting and council, she received emails from people concerned about what the looser rules will mean for people who rent out their homes with Airbnb. Deans said in some cases, the set up is like a small hotel, with lots of cars taking up spots on residential streets.

The city consulted with the public in the form of an online survey from July 21 to Aug. 22. Out of the 1,971 that responded to the survey, 72 per cent were in favour of the changes.

Aside from moving to six-hour parking, the changes include:

  • officially allowing street hockey,
  • a 45-second stopping rule for cabs,
  • protecting the bike boxes – stopping space allocated for cyclists,
  • a move from three hours to six-hour parking on unsigned streets.

Kanata North Coun. Allan Hubley questioned how bylaw officers would enforce the new rule, which is set to be in place for June 1, 2018, given their shift limitations.

“I never get emails saying we have enough parking enforcement,” he said.

Most bylaw officers work seven-and-half hour shifts and the officer that chalks the car must be the one to issue the ticket. On a typical weekend, there can be anywhere from eight to 13 bylaw officers handling parking complaints.