Black Diamondowners can only park their rigs on the or between April 1st and October 31, a report said.
The new rules stipulate thatcannot be left unattended for more than 48 hours during the winter months.
The Black Diamond town council passed amendments to its land-use bylaw on Aug. 18. This will prohibitfrom being parked on between Nov. 1 and March 31. For parking violations, fines between $250 and $500 for parking violations, up to $10,000 for multiple violations can be imposed.
Residents of Willow Ridge and Riverwood, who had previously been prohibited from parking theiron their , are happy with the new policy. The rest of Black Diamond’s -owners who were able to park their in their all year must park them somewhere else during winter.
Residents expressed concerns thatparked on were blocking pedestrians and bicyclists’ views at a council hearing last week. Residents also wrote letters to the council expressing their dissatisfaction with the cost of storing their off-site between November and March.
Joy Burt and Nick Burt sent a letter to the Town protesting the town’s bylaw that prohibited them from parking theirin their all year. Nick stated that they spent $5,000 to $6,000 to construct a for their , which keeps it away from the sidewalk. Nick stated that the snowbirds usually leave for winter so he will wait until the bylaw is finalized before bringing his concerns to the council.
Burt’s letter states that “a significant number of residents, including ourselves, have spent substantial dollars on developing parking spaces for ourat home.”
Rod Ross, Black Diamond’s planner, stated that his goal in creating new rules regardingparking in the town was to balance safety, snow removal, and allow residents to use their in the way they choose.
Ross also mentioned thatand High River have similar time limitations in their parking bylaws.
Coun. Ted Bain acknowledged that there were flaws in the plan but stated that it should be continued.
He stated, “All objections are valid and they are mine. But we have to start somewhere.”
Coun. Daryl Lalonde asked why the council was addressing the issue. He stated that requests to changeparking for Willow Ridge residents and Riverwood residents had been rejected twice by the Municipal . Residents in Willow Ridge, Riverwood, and Riverwood continued to ignore the rules.
The motion was passed by a narrow 4-3 vote.
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