Winter parking rules simplified

Staff Writer
Published: 11/21/2018 10:38:16 PM

GREENFIELD — Councilor Otis Wheeler’s call for more equity around the winter parking ban has led to a reform of the existing — and sometimes confusing — laws.

Now cars can be parked overnight on the streets of Greenfield, as long as it’s on the odd-side of the street. A full parking ban will be enforced during emergencies, like a snow storm, pending the announcement of the Department of Public Works, the police or another city department.

Previously, during the four-month winter parking ban, people could only park their vehicles on the south and east sides of the street.

“The current winter parking ban is complex, hard to understand, hard to enforce, discourages density and puts undue burden on low-income residents who are less likely to have access to driveways,” reads Wheeler’s justification for the parking regulations. “The new regulations strive to be easier to enforce, equally effective in facilitating street clearing after winter storms, and to require little or no infrastructure or capital investment.”

Instead, Wheeler looked to simplify the language. The Greenfield City Council agreed this week on these updated changes to the regulations.

The parking ban typically runs from Dec. 1 to April 1.


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