Pilot parking program in this area of Oakville made permanent

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Published July 10, 2024 at 3:23 pm

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An Oakville pilot parking program to boost the availability of parking spaces in Bronte Village has been made permanent beginning Wednesday (July 10).

The Bronte Village Commercial Parking program, first introduced in July of 2019 as a two-year pilot program, was designed to increase the turnover of vehicles in the commercial district and make available more parking spaces for shoppers.

Charging for parking in commercial shopping areas has been discovered as a way to promote turnover and manage parking supply.

“The program has effectively managed parking supply and programming in Bronte Village on a cost recovery basis,” said the Town of Oakville.

The Bronte pilot program came about after residents, business owners and commercial property owners had raised concerns that visitors were parking for long periods of time resulting in limited parking spaces for new shoppers.

“The costs for commercial parking operations are fully funded from parking rates, fees, and penalties and does not rely on property tax revenue to support the program,” said the Town. “Parking revenue is allocated for the management, maintenance, and enforcement of current parking operations.

“Revenue is also reinvested into the parking program to provide funding for future parking initiatives to support the community.”

Oakville staff will do a review of paid parking areas identified for expansion in Bronte and that is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Staff will then report to the Town Council on the findings of the review.

Parking for Bronte Village spots can be made by single-space meters, multi-space pay-by-plate machines, or electronically through the HONK mobile app.

Monthly permits are available for purchase online or at oakville.ca.

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