Extra Market Square parking not required.
Making Wellington Street one-way to accommodate more parking a no-go for councillors
It seems as though the downtown parking issues many expected following the construction of Stratford’s Market Square aren’t nearly as problematic as people anticipated.
Among several recommendations meant to improve parking in Stratford’s downtown, city councillors dismissed a subcommittee request Tuesday evening for staff to review two suggestions that would allow for the creation of 29 new parking spaces around city hall and Market Square.
Stemming from an update on the city’s parking action plan at the Sept. 27 infrastructure, transportation and safety (ITS) subcommittee meeting, five recommendations were brought forward to Tuesday’s ITS standing committee meeting for discussion. Of those recommendations, councillors voted to approve – at the committee level – a reduction in hourly parking rates from $1 to $0.75 in the Lower Erie and Kalbfleisch lots, and an increase to the maximum time limit at all of the city’s three-hour parking meters to four hours. Both of these recommendations will be brought to a future council meeting for final approval.
Yet when it came time to consider increasing parking around city hall and Market Square, councillors were a little concerned how the additional spaces would impact the aesthetics and flow of downtown.
“The comments I’ve received since Market Square was completed have not been surrounding the need for more parking, as they were when we were contemplating Market Square. I think people have changed their way of making their way around the core,” Coun. Danielle Ingram noted.
According to deputy clerk Tatiana Dafoe’s report to the ITS subcommittee, establishing additional parking spots along city hall and Wellington Street was suggested as a way to offset the potential loss of parking following the completion of Market Square.
With council’s previous approval of the construction of a new transit terminal in the Cooper Site’s Downie Street lot, a total of seven parking spaces could be added to each side of the bus bays alongside city hall.
Dafoe also suggested the subcommittee consider making Wellington Street one way for southbound traffic only. By making Wellington a oneway street, Dafoe wrote that parallel parking next to city hall could be converted to angled parking and nine parallel spaces could be established alongside Market Square, all the way to St. Patrick Street.
In total, Dafoe reported that an additional 15 parking spaces could be created if Wellington Street was converted to one way.
“I think city hall looks nice. Why would you want to line it up with cars now?” Coun. George Brown asked. “We’re not having the parking issues everybody thought we would.” email@example.com
Members of Stratford’s standing committee on infrastructure, transportation and safety dismissed a subcommittee recommendation Tuesday evening to have staff review a suggestion to make Wellington Street one way to allow for the establishment of additional parking along city hall and Market Square.