Parking issue parked
Sep 10, 2013 / 6:33 am
A resolution to eliminate overnight parking for a one-year trial period in Kelowna's downtown core has been deferred.
The deferral motion was made by Councillor Colin Basran - the councillor who proposed the resolution.
Basran first addressed the issue after the July long weekend stating that restricting parking downtown from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. may be seen by some as promoting drinking and driving.
At the last council meeting Basran let it be known he would bring forth a resolution today (Monday) to eliminate the restrictions for a one-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
He decided Monday to defer the motion in order to get more information from staff.
"(I would like to) move it back to staff in terms of finding out some cost implications of what a move like that would do, and what sort of costs may arise from doing something like that," says Basran.
"I would also like to have staff talk to the DKA (Downtown Kelowna Association) for their input. It is my understanding one of the big implications is snow removal so I would like to have some DKA input in regards to that."
Basran says he would also like further input into promotion of existing infrastructure.
"I have talked to a lot of my friends about this motion and a lot of them have said they didn't even know they could park in the parkade overnight," added Basran.
Other councillors agreed the deferral for additional information was a good idea.
"I really appreciate Councillor Basran's perspective on this because he has actually gone down the very path I had written on my document that a deferral might be appropriate," says Councillor Gail Given.
"Sometimes we will head into these things with what sounds like a very, very well intended motion that will end up costing the general taxpayer or may have some unintended consequences. I think before we go down that path it is wise for us to get all of the information."
Given agrees there may be other options that will achieve the same outcome without incurring additional costs.
Mayor Walter Gray says he agrees with the intention of the motion, but believes lifting the restrictions may inhibit the ability of crews to keep the streets clean.
Gray offered a possible alternative to allow alternate side of the street parking on Lawrence and Leon avenues only between Abbott and Ellis streets.
He agreed further information on how often street sweeping is done downtown will be helpful in making a decision one way or another.
Staff will come back at a future council meeting with the requested information.
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