A city hall committee is recommending council approve a proposal to streamline the existing residential parking permit program, using the Park Plus system.
Currently, the city spends $855,000 per year to administer the program, including mailing out renewal letters to those holding the 34,000 permits issued for 77 parking restricted zones around Calgary.
The proposal would see a switch this fall to an electronic system utilizing the Calgary Parking Authority Park Plus system.
The proposal would see licence plates registered online or in-person and Park Plus officials responsible for enforcement. A common complaint from residents is a lack of enforcement. It’s said using Park Plus would allow more patrols with a potential to increase fines by as much as 30 per cent.
Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra told the transportation committee the switch will be more efficient and save the city money. “We have a very arduous and expensive paper system,” he said. “What we have before us is the ability to take our world-leading parking management technology and provide a much better service.”
However, Councillor Druh Farrell is concerned there hasn’t been enough consultation.”This program could be successful or it could fail based on the ability to communicate,” Farrell said. “The information isn’t complete to council. I hope we’re better at communicating to members of the public.”
Carra said the system will work well and would be phased in when renewals come due. He added it could be an opportunity to sell Park Plus technology to other municipalities looking to enforce residential parking permits in their cities.
The recommendation passed by a 4-2 margin and now goes to the full city council.