Free Christmas parking on the Mountain on council agenda

For 10 years, parking in downtown Hamilton has been free during the Christmas season. Now an area on the Mountain wants in on that too. Follow us live for discussion of that issue and others.

Council will also vote on an AGH expansion and a plan to add 21,000 residents to Stoney Creek

For 10 years, parking in downtown Hamilton has been free during the Christmas season. Now an area on the Mountain wants in on that too.

City councillors will vote on Wednesday to extend the city’s Pre-Christmas Free Parking Strategy, which offers free parking to encourage seasonal shoppers, to the Concession Street Business Improvement Area. It's just one item on the agenda for the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. Follow live updates from the meeting in the box below.

If passed, the Concession Street area would join Barton Village, downtown Hamilton, Westdale, Dundas and Ottawa Street in offering free parking for most of December.

The Concession Street BIA extends from Vola Crescent to East 18th Street on the Mountain. Parking would be free from Dec. 1 to 24.

Other free parking:

Barton Village, Downtown Hamilton and International Village BIAs, Ancaster BIA — On-street parking is free from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24 and is limited to two hours.

Westdale Village BIA — On-street parking is free for four Saturdays before Christmas and the five business days before Christmas. Parking is limited to two hours.

Dundas BIA — Parking in municipal car parks is free from Dec. 1 to 31.

Ottawa Street BIA — On-street parking is free from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 and is limited to two hours.

Coun. Tom Jackson will move the motion at Wednesday’s meeting, which will be in the council chambers at city hall.

Here’s what else council will vote on:

  • Coun. Terry Whitehead will move a motion asking the province to provide cities with protection from claims, costs and damage awards on its roads and other public properties.
  • A previous committee decision to endorse a $30-million plan to expand the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
  • Asking staff to report back on the progress regarding open data and HSR. This includes a plan to post real-time bus arrival information on a board at the MacNab terminal.
  • Putting off the Fruitland-Winona secondary plan, which could see 21,000 new residents in the area in the next two years, until Coun. Brenda Johnson can get more input from worried residents. The issue is expected to come back on Feb. 4.

Reporter Samantha Craggs from CBC Hamilton will tweet live from the meeting. Follow her at @SamCraggsCBC.

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