CITY HALL NOTEBOOK
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.