Calgary to revisit residential parking permits after controversy

In what seems to be a familiar pattern as of late, Calgary city council is once again considering reversing a previous decision after receiving significant backlash from the community.

Changes to the residential parking permit program, which were set to take effect Aug. 1, would see residents living in inner city parking zones pay significantly more to park their vehicle outside their home.

A petition opposing the change now has more than 14,000 signatures.

Now, in a move similar to that which followed the decision to can Canada Day fireworks and reject affordable housing recommendations, municipal officials are doubling back after hearing of the public’s distaste with their decision.

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Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot said in a tweet Monday he intends to bring a Notice of Motion to council to revisit the issue, which has already generated substantial conversation online.

The councillor’s motion already has the support of nine of his colleagues.

Ward 8 Coun. Courtney Walcott is not one of them.

In response to Chabot’s notice of motion, Walcott wrote on Twitter that the changes would still impact those living in multi-family housing.

“This [notice of motion] says if you live in an apartment, you will now be paying for street parking when no one else is,” said Walcott. “Even low-income Calgarians on Fair Entry will still have to pay.”

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