Effective Thursday, June 15, the Paid Parking Pilot project is returning to lakeside communities in Norfolk County and will run until Labour Day weekend.
Based on feedback from the previous year’s project, staff have made changes to this year’s program. Highlights include:
- An increase in paid parking spaces from 182 to 468.
- Additional locations added include Cedar Drive in Turkey Point and Erie Boulevard in Long Point. Maps and locations can be found on the parking website.
- Rate of $4 per hour for all paid parking areas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Four-hour parking limit per day for resident permits; after four hours, the regular $4 per hour rate would apply to any additional time that day.
- Green line painting to identify paid parking spots.
In addition to the previously mentioned updates, Residential Paid Parking Permits are now available. Individuals with a verified Norfolk County residential address, or those who own property in Norfolk County but live elsewhere (such as cottage owners), can purchase a permit for $20 per vehicle. The permit is good for the length of the pilot program.
“For the second year of the parking pilot project, we have made changes to the program that mirror communities similar to Norfolk, and the addition of a resident pass provides a valuable option for our community members,” said Mayor Amy Martin. “Both Council and staff thought it was important to consider the feedback provided by the public and will do so again after this season’s pilot finishes.”
Due to circumstances beyond the County’s control, five pay stations for the project have not yet arrived. In the interim, Long Point will start with only one pay station located at Abigail Becker parking lot, with three additional units to be added along Erie Boulevard in the coming weeks. Turkey Point will begin the project without any in-person stations, but two will be installed once they’re available. Visitors to these areas are encouraged to use the mobile app or website to book their space. Signage displaying the parking zone number and QR codes that link to the website is posted in these locations.
Norfolk County residents and visitors should be prepared to see an increase in parking enforcement in the community this summer, as the bylaw department’s team increases by four positions over the summer to assist with parking enforcement, particularly in urban areas. Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of the permitted time limits and other parking restrictions wherever they park as vehicles will be checked more often, especially in downtown areas where parking is at a premium.
More details on parking in Norfolk County can be found at norfolkcounty.ca/parking.