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Last call for overnight parking input

City hall is seeking public feedback to possible bylaw changes that would put new restrictions on overnight street parking, but would also cut the winter street-parking ban to four months from the current six months.
A public consultation drop-in session will be held in the main lobby at city hall from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday April 16. The city is also inviting online feedback until April 30 to its preliminary proposals at guelph.ca/parking.
At the April 16 meeting, people will “have an opportunity to provide input on the preliminary recommended alternative for overnight on-street parking,” city manager of traffic and parking Allister McILveen said in a news release. “City staff plan to take their final recommendations to a city council committee meeting in July.
The city says it heard from more than 300 members of the public during the first round of public consultation on the overnight parking issue in February and March.
Now city staff have now come up with a “preliminary preferred alternative” that involves four amendments to the city’s current parking bylaw.
One amendment would give the city the authority to declare a temporary on-street parking ban when it’s warranted by snowfall or freezing rain – or for other purposes such as reducing snowbanks.
The second amendment would restrict overnight on-street parking on Guelph Transit bus routes during the winter parking ban. “This amendment would affect Goodwin Drive, which currently is the only street in Guelph that both has permissive overnight on-street and is part of a bus route,” says a city staff report.
The third amendment would reduce the length of the winter overnight on-street parking restriction so that it goes from Dec. 1 to March 31, instead of the current Nov. 1 to April 30.
A fourth amendment would allow new year-round permissive overnight parking requested by residents of a street. It’s being proposed that any such additional exemptions be allowed, on one side of the street, only when the street has a travel width of at least seven metres. Such exemptions wouldn’t be allowed on arterial or collector streets.
The preliminary preferred alternative, the report says, “provides for improved street clearing and cleaning, improved winter traffic, parking and transit operations and emergency services, improved safety for cyclists, better street aesthetics, and better use of city resources, while maintaining permissive overnight on-street parking where needed.”

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