Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Downtown Wallaceburg parking adjustments proposed

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Chatham-Kent staff is recommending some changes to parking in and around downtown Wallaceburg.

Chris Thibert, director of engineering and transportation, is making the following recommendations, which will be discussed in open session on Monday, October 21, 2019:

1. The on-street parking spaces along Nelson Street between Wellington Street and Elizabeth Street be converted from a 1-hour limit to a 2-hour limit.

2. The existing 12 public parking spaces in Municipal Parking Lot ‘K’ be converted from a 2-hour limit to a 3-hour limit.

3. Administration investigate the use of Kinette Park on Fork Street for extra parking spaces to add to Municipal Parking Lot O be differed to the parking lot improvement program for future consideration.

4. The Traffic and Parking By-law 245-2004 be amended to reflect these
recommendations.

Wallaceburg Councillor Carmen McGregor had brought forward a notice of motion earlier this year (more details here), which sparked the report. 

McGregor had also included in her motion to convert the three on-street parking spaces on the north side of James Street immediately east of Nelson Street to two accessible permit spaces, in accordance with provincial legislation and as requested by the Wallaceurg Adult Activity Centre management.

These specific changes are not being recommending by staff.

“The 2017 parking study confirmed that the current amount of accessible spaces along James Street is sufficient,” Thibert said in his report.

“Administration, with support of this study data, does not recommend this request for additional accessible spaces. Additionally, the Wallaceburg BIA did not support this request as the parking spaces are well utilized by the adjacent property/business owners and there are currently four accessible parking spaces on the south side of James Street at this location.”

Read the full report, here

Chatham-Kent Council will vote on the recommendations on Monday.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Civic Centre in Chatham.

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