Councillor champions overnight parking
Aug 27, 2013 / 1:58 pm
Councillor Colin Basran is getting his wish.
The Kelowna councillor filed a Notice of Motion Monday afternoon asking that a debate be held on a possible bylaw removing overnight parking restrictions from downtown city streets.
Currently, parking is restricted on downtown streets from 3 a.m until 6 a.m.
A month ago, Basran questioned the practice asking whether, in some way, the city was promoting drinking and driving by ticketing or towing away vehicles that were left on downtown streets after 3 a.m.
Basran says he heard back from city staff who indicated the restrictions were in place for street sweeping and snow removal.
"I had a lot of feedback from a lot of residents saying they would like to see that restriction removed because they had either been ticketed or, in a couple of cases, towed," Basran told council.
He tabled the Notice of Motion asking for:
"The removal of parking restrictions between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the downtown core for a one year trial period starting Jan. 1, 2014. Following the trial period staff can report on their findings and recommend whether they should continue."
The motion will be debated at the next scheduled council meeting.
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