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Price to pay for parking changes

Changes to the parking bylaw being recommended by city hall staff would cost the city about $170,000 a year, mostly because of lost revenue from parking fines.
The city estimates it would lose $158,000 a year in parking-fine revenue if city council approves cutting the length of Guelph’s winter overnight parking ban to four months from the current six.
This restriction now applies to most streets from Nov. 1 to April 30, but staff are recommending it be shortened to Dec. 1 to March 31.
However, staff are recommending that this general overnight parking ban be cut to four months only if city hall also gets the authority to declare temporary on-street parking bans for events such as heavy snow and freezing rain.
If the proposed changes are adopted, staff estimate the city would also lose $2,000 in annual revenue from people who pay for permits to park on the street overnight.
The changes would mean they’d have to buy such permits only for four, not six, months of the year, says Allister McILveen, the city’s manager of traffic and parking.
The city would also have to spend an extra $10,000 a year for “communication of parking protocols,” so that the public better understands the impact of the bylaw changes, says a staff report that goes to a council committee today (July 8).
As well, there would be a one-time cost of $6,000 for signs at entrance points to the city notifying people of the new parking rules, the report says.
Guelph banned most on-street parking from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round until 2008, when council decided to allow seasonal on-street parking from May 1 to Oct. 31 to a maximum of 48 consecutive hours.
In 2012, council told staff to do a comprehensive review of the feasibility and implications associated with modifying or eliminating the city’s overnight on-street parking restrictions.
After a long review process, which included consultation with hundreds of residents, staff came up with the report that’s to be considered July 8 by council’s operations, transit and emergency services committee.
Overnight on-street parking has a role to play in the community, it says. “Where there is insufficient off-street parking to accommodate all of the household or visitor vehicles, there is pressure to provide for overnight on-street parking.”

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