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Big­ger park­ing spots?

The city is poised to in­crease the size of the av­er­age park­ing space in Hamil­ton. At the mo­ment, park­ing spa­ces vary in size de­pend­ing on which part of the amal­ga­mated city they’re found. Typ­i­cal sizes range from 2.6 me­tres by 5.5 me­tres in An­caster to 2.7 me­tres by six me­tres in Dun­das. City staff rec­om­mend a larger de­fault size across the city to rec­og­nize in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and larger-sized vehicles like SUVs and to avoid scratches and dents re­lated to con­fined park­ing spa­ces. Larger de­fault “aisle” widths are also rec­om­mended. If coun­cil signs off on the idea next week, staff would in­cor­po­rate new size lim­its in fu­ture com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial zon­ing amend­ments.

Sun­day park­ing break

Park­ing scofflaws no longer have to worry about Sun­day tick­ets, un­less they’re break­ing the rules near a pop­u­lar wa­ter­fall. A Hamil­ton po­lice de­ci­sion to stop hand­ing out tick­ets for mu­nic­i­pal park­ing in­frac­tions means Sun­day in­frac­tions will go largely un­pun­ished, a city re­port notes. Bylaw of­fi­cers don’t nor­mally en­force park­ing on Sun­days, although a spe­cial team will pa­trol pop­u­lar wa­ter­fall lo­ca­tions dur­ing the summer to deal with prob­lem crowds. The city re­port says po­lice rarely handed out park­ing tick­ets, any­way — about 500 a year in to­tal — and it cost the city ex­tra money just to process the pa­per trail. Park­ing of­fi­cials will study the im­pact of the changes over the summer.

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