Over the past year or so, Cobourg Council and Staff have been wrestling with the issue of how to manage the popularity of Cobourg’s beach. The solution recommended by the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee (PRAC) was a significant increase in parking fees near the beach. Simultaneously, the parking rates for the downtown as well as the waterfront were reviewed – partly because significant Parking revenue will be needed to fund building a parking garage on Covert street to replace parking currently provided by leases of privately owned lots that will soon be developed and therefore not available for public parking. One change is the implementation of fees for parking in Residential streets east of the beach – however, not all affected residents are happy with result. Two wanted additional parking passes and to address this, the idea suggested by Councillor Aaron Burchat was that instead of one pass per residence, three $20 season passes should be made available to residents in the new East Beach area and two $40 season passes elsewhere in Cobourg (see Cobourg News Blog report on 3 June 2022)
At the upcoming Committee of the Whole (CoW) on June 20, Staff will present a report that responds to this proposal.
Basically, Staff report that because:
- Revenue is needed to fund a soon to be needed $9.25M parking Garage on Covert Street
- Typical residential areas have two parking spaces plus a Garage
- Enforcement would require extra staff
- Only two residences have asked for extra passes – and only one during public engagement (see Appendix A – link below)
- Parking is available at $5/hour
That “it is not recommended that more than one pass be available for each residential property in Cobourg.”
Note that already (as of June 7, 2022), the Town has issued 439 resident waterfront passes of which 78 are from the East Beach area.
But Staff also recommend that Staff should “collect feedback from residents throughout the summer and conduct a survey in the fall asking residents how and when they utilized their passes.”
Council may not agree with staff but in any event, expect a vigorous debate. Stay tuned.
Update – June 21
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on June 20, Council agreed with staff recommendations as described above. It was mentioned that 1) the restrictions only apply between 9:00 and 4:00 pm and 2) most properties have room for additional vehicles although some shuffling around may be needed.
Update – 28 June
When this issue came before the Regular Council at their meeting on 27 June, there was no further debate and the motion passed.
Cobourg Town Staff Report
- Staff Report – Resident Parking passes.
- Appendix A – Comments received – from online survey – 14 Dec 2021.
Previous reports on Cobourg News Blog
- Delegations point to Parking By-Law Problems – 3 June 2022
- Major Changes in Parking By-Law – 12 May 2022
- Little Public Interest shown in parking changes – 7 February 2022
- Parking Rate Increases Planned – 18 January 2022
- Managing Crowds at Cobourg Beaches – 11 July 2021 – report on Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee’s recommendations based on citizen survey
- Staff report on PRAC Review of Victoria Park Beach – (input to Council meeting re Managing Crowds at Cobourg Beaches) – 19 July 2021
- Beach Survey Results – 4 March 2021