Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Buried in paperwork

Council talks about the business of parking, and by the sounds of it, the babble will be going on for a good long time:

The reserved parking issue surfaced recently when developer Shmuel Farhi tried to lease space on a city-owned lot for tenants in one of his core buildings.

Although council didn't approve Farhi's request, staff were asked to prepare a report on options.

As well, staff were asked to draft a request for proposals for a parking facility at or near the city's Queens Avenue lot No. 5.

But, at the request of Coun. Joni Baechler, the request for proposals was referred back to committee last night so guidelines, such as the type of facility, could be developed.

Coun. David Winninger also asked that staff prepare a report on the effect of a new facility on parking spaces for the public.

"Why would we be competing with the private sector to create (reserved) parking for people in the private sector working in offices?" Winninger asked.

"We're just taking parking spaces away from the general public who want to shop downtown."

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"We're talking about a major facility," Tranquilli said of the proposed garage.

"We have no money to build one, but we do own property in the downtown, so maybe we can do something with a private partner if there's a business case for it."

Council also approved a bylaw that allows city enforcement officers to issue tickets for parking infractions on private property as part of a pilot project.

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Although proposed as a pilot project for two private lots, staff are already considering expanding the program for any property owner. A report will go to the environment and transportation committee Monday.

The city is still hoping to create a new towing bylaw that will make it worthwhile for towing companies to seize cars parked illegally.

1 Comment:

Paul said...

Let's just hope someone on Council remembers the lesson of The Boot from some years ago. (Ooh, maybe 20).

Fortunately, I've forgotten the specifics, but I think it was a private lot operator applying The Boot to cars which were parked beyond what was paid for. The response was loud, and I believe it was assessed as an improper seizure of personal property.

Some problems don't go away, they just change flavour.