Parking at centre of potential changes for Georgina beaches this summer
Town considers dedicating portion of combined 591 spots at 5 pay-and-dispaly lots to resident-only parking
April 16, 2019
Dedicated resident-only spaces at all pay-and-display parking facilities in Georgina is one among a series of broad recommendations being tabled this week to deal with overcrowding issues at local beaches.
“The number of spaces at each location will be assessed by staff, while considering maximum utilization of available spaces to prevent overflow traffic on area streets, loss of revenue, accessible parking provisions and the health and safety of staff,” states a three-page report on the council meeting agenda for April 17.
If approved, “a loss in revenue will occur when migrating parking spaces from public use to resident-only use” at De La Salle, Willow, Holmes Point, North Gwillimbury and Willow Wharf parks, which totalled $437,458 for 591 spaces in 2018.
While the amount of spaces to be reserved for residents only is not identified, the potential revenue loss from parking fees per space ranges between $713 and $897 for De La Salle, Willow Beach and Holmes Point, followed by $260 and $389 at North Gwillimbury and Willow Wharf respectively.
Staff recommendations also include:
The report is the result of a comprehensive review prompted after a summer season of packed beaches in Georgina triggered a wave of complaints from area residents last year.
While there are no specifics attached to the terms “increased,” staff note there would be a requirement for additional funding up to $70,000, which would be included as an operating increase in the town’s 2020 proposed budget.