Norfolk County is seeking feedback on a proposed Seasonal Parking Pilot Project in 2022.

Municipal parking across Norfolk County is currently provided to the public and visitors at no cost.  It is important to recognize that there is always a cost to parking, regardless of whether users are paying for it or not. Users consist of residents, business owners and staff, visitors, and tourists.  Norfolk County taxpayers are currently subsidizing the provision of all parking-related infrastructure including allotted space signage, lot lighting, enforcement, and staff resources including ticket printing, processing, mailing, and court time.

The proposed seasonal parking pilot project consists of two parts as outlined below:

Seasonal Parking Fines

Increased fines to be implemented related to “No Parking” and “parking in excess of time limits” for the period of May 1 – September 6, 2022, in the following communities:

  • Long Point
  • Port Dover
  • Turkey Point

Proposed fine increases

No Parking: currently $75 increased to $150

Parking in excess of time limit: currently $30 increased to $75

Paid Parking

Paid parking areas provide a mechanism for controlling parking in an efficient manner and generating revenue to offset parking improvements, enforcement measures, traffic enhancements, communications, and signage.

Implementation of paid parking along sections in the following communities from May 1 to September 6, 2022:

Paid parking would consist of a combination of payment options through an online platform and pay stations.

Parking Related Revenue

Revenue achieved during the 2022 Parking Pilot Project will be used to offset current expenses like enforcement and to fund future initiatives such as,

  • Maintenance and Repairs
  • Lighting improvements
  • Expanded parking opportunities, and
  • Other community enhancements.

For a link to report to Council and its attachments:

Agenda Item 8.6.1 CAO 21-85

Participate in the survey to provide feedback

January 19 Public Engagement Session video

A report related to the pilot project will be presented to Council in Q1 of 2022 to consider moving forward with the pilot project for 4 months between May to September in 2022.   Feedback from the public consultations will be included in the report for Council’s consideration.

Should Council approve the pilot project, a comprehensive communication strategy will be implemented to notify Norfolk County residents, businesses, and visitors in advance of the project starting in 2022.

 

FAQ

HOW WILL DRIVERS PAY FOR PARKING?

New signage will be installed to let drivers know about the new parking policy. Drivers will be prompted to download and use the online parking app on their smartphone or scan/tap a sign to pay without need to download.  A few strategic pay stations will be located for users who do not wish to use the app.

 

WHY AREN’T YOU JUST INSTALLING INDIVIDUAL PARKING METERS?

Parking meters are an outdated costly piece of infrastructure. Many communities are

striving to find ways to work with today’s technology and user needs.

 

IS THERE ANY “FREE” PARKING OPTIONS?

Yes – unpaid parking options will be located on side streets.

 

HOW WILL THIS HELP OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?

Modern parking solutions are designed to keep traffic moving through core areas, and provide designated parking spaces for longer term visits.  Revenue generated from the paid parking will be used to offset costs related to parking infrastructure, improvements to parking spaces, line painting, signage, and enforcement.  A portion of revenue will also be directed back to the local community.

 

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT TO THE USER?

The paid parking options will provide flexibility of hourly and daily rates to provide users the comfort of knowing they can park without concern of being ticketed.  The paid parking options will provide the user the ability to add more time from wherever they are and without having to “feed the meter” through use of the online application, a quick QR scan option to avoid online set-up and the standard pay station for credit card and debit purchases for those who aren’t as familiar or comfortable with technology.

 

HOW IS THE PAID PARKING ENFORCED?

Parking enforcement is based on the licence plate. Enforcement checks the licence plate to

verify payment.

 

HOW WILL ACCESSIBLE PARKING BE HANDLED?

Designated accessible parking spaces will be identified and marked in the paid parking area, to provide access to all visitors.

 

WILL RESIDENTS BE PROVIDED SPECIAL RATES OR PERMITS?

During the pilot project period in 2022, all users (both residents and visitors) will be subject to the paid parking policy.  Should the County determine to maintain paid parking permanently, staff will explore long-term paid permits.