At the door last night, someone popped the question. "Are you going to do anything about the overnight parking rules"
In many neighbourhoods in Ward Two it's an issue. Partially because the size of many lots (city approved) can prove a challenge when there are visitors.
I wrote about this several times in the Chronicle, and it was always the topic which received the most response,
In the eight years of writing I only received one note in support of the city's bylaw. That lady told me if I didn't like it, I should move out of town. Running away, I find, rarely solves anything.
I also had one city councillor tell me "not everyone is as macho as you, many people are afraid of strange cars on their street". If that's truly the case then we have a much bigger issue than parking!
The bylaw in question bans overnight parking on residential streets all year long. During the winter (November to the end of April) this makes perfect sense. The streets need to be clear for snow operations. Many cities have rules such as that. Waterloo is one of the few to make it year round. You can go online and apply for an exemption a certain number of times per year. (by the way, when you do that, the bylaw officer will come by....I've been awake when this happens)
During the warmer months, it's just not necessary.
I'm in favour of scaling back the bylaw to cover the winter months only in most residential areas, There may be some areas which need specific parking enforcement, such as the areas closer to student housing, but that's pretty easy to handle.
The current system is a waste of time and resources on the part of the city, and may well only be motivated by the revenue. Most people, I believe prefer to park in their own driveway. That goes against what another councillor told me "the streets will turn into parking lots". No they won't .
It's a classic example to me, of a civic nose being poked where it doesn't belong.