Calgary committee recommends snow route parking fines be increased to $120

A Calgary city committee is recommending fines for vehicle owners who don’t move when a snow route parking ban is in effect should be bumped from $75 to $120 as a way of increasing compliance.

“I wouldn’t want to pay $120,” said Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley.

“I’d take the time to move my car and I think those very few Calgarians who aren’t, will.” 

The proposed fine will be $120 but that would be reduced to $90 if paid within 30 days and $80 if paid within 10 days.

The current fine is $75, which is reduced to $50 if paid within 30 days and $40 if paid within 10 days.

Coun. Shane Keating pointed out Calgary that currently has the second lowest fine in the country for those who break a snow route parking ban.

“I’ve been in other municipalities where there’s complete compliance because they have a different system, he said. “The tow trucks go before the plows and they just literally tow everything so I think we’re doing very, very in, as it’s new, trying to get compliance.”

In Edmonton, by comparison, drivers face a $100 fine, while in Toronto it’s $200 and in Regina it’s $120.

Halifax has the lowest penalty at $50.

Snow routes in Calgary are marked by a blue sign with a white snowflake and include all Priority 2 roads in the city — which includes bus routes, bike lanes and streets that carry between 5,000 and 19,000 vehicles per day, like 11th and 12th Avenues, 14th Street, Kensington Drive and Acadia Drive.

The parking bans are called 24 hours after a major snowfall and can last for up to 72 hours.

City council will have the final say on whether snow route parking fines will increase.



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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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