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May 24, 2000 - HRM Seeks Public Input on Parking Woes

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HRM Seeks Public Input on Parking Woes

(Wednesday, May 24/2000)-Members of the public will have an opportunity to express their thoughts, ideas and comments on the controversial issue of parking on residential streets at two upcoming meetings.

The demand for parking is high, particularly in downtown Halifax and in areas near the hospitals and universities. With limited ability to provide a large supply of off-street parking in these developed areas, there is increasing pressure to provide parking on-street.

David McCusker, Manager, Traffic and Transportation Services, says "This high demand for on-street spaces in residential areas has resulted in hardship for many homeowners, who often find their driveways blocked or have no room for visitor parking or even delivery stop-offs."

HRM has traditionally placed parking restrictions on neighbourhood streets to satisfy the needs of the residents, but an ever-increasing number of restrictions has significantly decreased the supply of parking in areas where there is high demand.

To determine the best use of on-street parking for the community as a whole, HRM is holding two public "Open House" sessions. The input received at these sessions will assist staff in drafting a policy on the degree to which parking should be restricted in residential areas with a high parking demand.

The public is invited to attend these sessions, which are scheduled to be held:

Thursday, May 25, 2000
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Inglis Street Elementary School Library
5985 Inglis Street

Wednesday, May 31, 2000
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Elem. School Library
3669 Highland Avenue

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David McCusker,
Manager, Traffic and Transportation Services
(902) 490-6696