Following a request from the Downtown Huntsville BIA, parking at three downtown Huntsville parking lots—the High Street, Minerva, and Algonquin Theatre lots—will be limited to three hours from June 1 to September 30.
The BIA had initially asked for the restriction on only the High Street Parking lot, which is across from the rear of Town Hall, and from April to October.
Town staff looked at the other parking lots in the area to determine if a time limit was needed for them as well.
At its April 28 meeting, Huntsville’s general committee passed a resolution which modified the BIA’s request to include the other two lots identified by Town staff—the Minerva Street lot at the corner of Minerva and West St S, and the lot behind the Algonquin Theatre—as well as shorten the months when the three-hour time limit would be in effect—from June 1 to September 30.
The Town-owned lots in River Mill Park and on West St N behind RBC already have a three-hour time limit.
“It’s been perfectly clear that if the employees and the business owners don’t park in the immediate area there is plenty of parking for all of the customers that may come around,” said Councillor Bob Stone, who is also council’s representative at the Downtown Huntsville BIA. “If we as a council can change these [lots] to three-hour parking and we specifically ask that the bylaw department enforce it strictly, heavily, constantly, the message will get through very quickly to the business owners and the staff that they need to park away and leave those spots for our visitors and customers.”
A list of public parking available in downtown Huntsville is posted at huntsville.ca.
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