Parking rates to increase in Kingston

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Parking and tickets could soon be getting more expensive in Kingston.
Last night a city committee took a closer first look at a consultant’s report that recommends how much the increases should be and when they will take effect.
Newswatch’s Darryn Davis has more…

The Toronto firm BA consulting has been gathering input and studying Kingston’s parking since last spring.
With development in the downtown core growing — parking is disappearing and has to be replaced.
The city is planning to spend 18 million dollars on a new garage on Queen street and potentially 10 million on another facility as Williamsville develops.
There’s also current needs that have to be met.
“For example this year they’re going to spend about five million dollars maintaining the two existing garages.”
Without an increase in revenues the parking reserve fund which used to pay for the infrastructure work is expected to go into deficit by 2022
The report has three scenarios the first one has a rate increase of 50 cents an hour but no extension to the day where people have to pay to park.
The other two options have a smaller increase but the paid parking day would extend past the current time of 5 or 5:30pm depending on the area.
The downtown BIA represents 700 business owners and Rob Tamblyn says merchants don’t want to see the day extended.
“The membership and most of the people we chatted with thought it was important to maintain evening parking being free so that really led us to only one scenario.”
“If city council gives the consultants report the nod of approval the parking rate increases are set to come into effect in 2017 except here in the downtown core because of the big dig.”
It’s an acknowledgement that downtown businesses have faced a lot of challenges over the last several years.
“It is a big strain on
particularly the small businesses that are directly affected even when it’s not on their stretch of street.”
Parking fines would also increase to help generate revenues.
The city is still looking for public input until September 21st before the final report is written.
The staff recommendation to is set to go to the EITP committee on October 11th.
Darryn Davis CKWS Newswatch Kingston.

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