The new Parking By-Law is already causing problems for residents of the “East Beach Waterfront Area” – they are now in an area where parking is paid for in the beach season albeit with special arrangements for residents. At the May 30 Committee of the whole Council meeting, there were two (related) delegations asking for exceptions. The problem that Caryn and David MacDiarmid have is that they are expecting “50-60 people in our backyard for our daughter Leigha’s graduation with her University Master’s degree” on June 4. That means about 20 cars will need parking nearby. If the event were after 4:00 pm it would not be a problem since restrictions end at 4:00 – but the event is at 2:00 pm. The second problem as explained by Leigha MacDiarmid is that there are 4 cars in her household so she needs more than the one permit per household allowed by the by-law.
The first issue of a one time exception could be handled by an application to staff but that is only accepted if there is no fee involved (e.g. construction vehicles parked in no parking zones). In this case, Council passed a motion by Councillor Nicole Beatty allowing an exception although it was suggested that in future residents should schedule events at 4:00 pm or later. CAO Tracey Vaughan said she would look into this further.
The second issue is partially addressed by the fact that each $20 season pass is for two plate numbers – it assumes one is parked on the property. The software used is based on addresses (residences), not names (residents), so issuing passes based on occupancy is not currently possible. Aaron Burchat suggested that 2 passes per household be allowed and 3 in the beach area. There was debate amongst councillors and in the end, Brian Darling moved that the motion (that is, a solution to this problem) be referred to the June 20 Committee of the Whole Meeting for more staff input. Brian’s motion passed.
Sites with details of Parking Bylaw
- Town of Cobourg Parking page
- Cobourg Internet Cobourg Parking details
- Cobourg Internet Winter Parking ByLaw