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Garrison Village residents want on-street parking
Garrison Village residents have asked the town for on-street parking in the neighbourhood. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Garrison Village needs on-street parking, residents told Niagara-on-the-Lake council at the committee of the whole meeting Monday.

Two Village residents, Jane Chapell and George Scott, said they were concerned with the recent hike in ticketing in the neighbourhood and that parking was never an issue in the area.

The Village, which has a “new urbanism” design features, has smaller lots with rear garages accessed via laneways, minimal front yards and narrower streets aimed to calm traffic. The design was approved by the town council and residents bought their homes thinking they were allowed to park on streets, Chapell said.

“We’re opposed to … ticketing for the sake of ticketing,” she said. “We need a solution that will work for everyone.”

The current bylaw prohibits overnight parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and limits street parking to a maximum of 12 hours.

She also said many garages are undersized and can’t accommodate larger cars. One resident has a mobility issue and has difficulty getting in or out in a small garage, she said. One neighbour has an adult son starting school at Willowbank so now it’s a “three-car family.” Another neighbour left on a trip, leaving cars in their garage, so their pet sitter has to park on the street, she said.

“Many residents are feeling stressed and harassed by nightly patrols,” Chapell told council.

She suggested removing the overnight parking prohibition, extending a 12-hour parking limit to 48 or 72 hours and using discretion in issuing a ticket.

Coun. Wendy Cheropita, who lives in Garrison Village, said there are only a couple of cars parked on the street and not all cars get ticketed.

“It doesn’t appear to be a parking issue in the Village at all. It seems to be more specifically a neighbour problem,” she told council. “I would hate to see us jump to killing a mosquito with a nuclear bomb when it may be a real simple solution.”

Coun. Norm Arsenault made a motion to ask staff to bring back any reports and data related to the Village from 2016- 2017 and come back with a holistic approach on how to solve the parking issue.

Lord Mayor Betty Disero said there are no “preconceived notions.” 

“This has been a long time coming but I want us to make a thoughtful, educated decision,” she said.

In January 2017, following concerns from Garrison Village residents in regard to an overnight parking prohibition in their neighbourhood, the previous council approved a staff recommendation to conduct a parking survey in the Village.

Staff then came back with the survey results in April 2017 recommending amending the parking bylaw and removing the overnight parking prohibition.

“It should be noted that the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. parking prohibition has been rendered obsolete, as in keeping with the town’s noise bylaw, routine maintenance is no longer conducted at night,” the staff report said.