Cobourg Council are on the way to approving major changes in parking across the Town. There are major fee increases at the area near the waterfront and smaller ones downtown. But there are also changes that affect residential streets which will empower by-law enforcement and Police to act on complaints by residents on what I would call nuisance parking. These changes have been discussed for some time – mostly in connection with problems with parking by visitors to the Beach. The public were consulted, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee were consulted and Staff did considerable work coming up with the changes. At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday May 9, a draft by-law was approved and is expected to get final approval at the Regular meeting on May 16.
See the previous posts on the subject plus pages on both the Town’s web site and Cobourg Internet – links are in Resources below.
The new By-Law covers all Parking issues in Cobourg except for rules for Fire Routes which is in a separate by-law since it’s managed by the Fire Department. It’s a large document so let me summarize:
Parking changes and other highlights
- King street rate will be $1.25 per hour rising to $2.25 in 2024. There will now be a 3 hour limit. This is instead of the current $1 per hour with no limit. Applies to Downtown – not just King Street, with some expansion westward.
- Prices for permits for one day, 30 days and longer will increase. Day permits will only be available for Covert Street lot.
- Waterfront Parking will be more expensive in summer – $5 per hour or $40 per day.
- Beach parking will be allowed on residential Streets East of Victoria Park but will require a permit. Residents can buy a season permit.
- No parking facing against traffic, on wrong side of the road [as is common in England]
- No overnight parking on “highways” (not just winter) (Highways are any street, road or lane)
- Vehicles Advertised for sale and parked on a Highway are not permitted
- No Parking without valid registration or insurance
- No parking on a Highway while degreasing/washing the Motor Vehicle;
- No unattended parking on east pier
- No parking a Commercial Vehicle (or trailer) on any street in any residential zones unless it is, at that time, being used to make a delivery or to provide service
- No parking on private property without consent [e.g. as done during major Town events when most nearby parking is full].
- No person with a valid Downtown Accessible Parking Permit shall remain in a designated Accessible Parking Space, for a period longer than twenty-four Hours (24hrs).
- No parking that obstructs the removal of snow from the streets
- No parking a vehicle that is inoperable
- No parking a vehicle on any Town of Cobourg residential street for a period exceeding forty-eight (48) hours.
- No parking of a recreational vehicle on any part of a highway or roadway within the Town of Cobourg.
- A Motor Vehicle may be removed or impounded at the expense of the Owner if parked illegally
- Most fines will be $40 although some are as high as $160 (e.g. stayed at waterfront past when meter or pay and display expires) or $300 (unauthorized use of accessible permit).
- Permits for Downtown accessible parking will be available for $25/month.
- No free parking with accessible permit [this is not a change].
See resources below for Cobourg Internet page and Town Page with more detail about downtown and waterfront parking
- Cobourg Internet Parking page
- Town web site parking page
- Draft of new Parking By-Law – expected to be approved at Regular Council meeting on 16 May
Related Cobourg News Blog Posts
- Update on Cobourg’s Beach – 3 April 2022
- Little Public Interest shown in Parking Changes – 7 Feb 2022
- Parking Rate Increases planned – 18 January 2022
- Managing Crowds at Cobourg’s Beaches – 11 July 2021