Sylvan Lake residents given more relief from visitor pay parking program

By Kirsten Dennis
June 13, 2017 - 2:47pm Updated: June 13, 2017 - 3:26pm

Tweaks continue to be made to the new Visitor Pay Parking Program in Sylvan Lake.

Following the June 12th regular meeting of Sylvan Lake Town Council, administration has followed through with some changes as suggested at the May 31 Special meeting of Council. 

Joanne Gaudet, Communications Officer for the Town of Sylvan Lake, said one of the notable changes is to what was being referenced as the “downtown residential zone.” Originally the only people allowed to park in this zone would be those living in the directly adjacent neighborhood.

“Council directed administration to amend the pay parking program such that Sylvan Lake residents, any and all Sylvan Lake residents registered with the pay parking program can park anywhere downtown,” said Gaudet.

Another significant change for visitors is that an annual pass will be available for a cost of $126.50. This pass is available to any non-resident regardless of jurisdiction.

In addition, 15 visitor pay stalls will be designated on the West Side of 48th Street as opposed to the current downtown resident parking zone. These stalls will be limited three hour parking stalls and the expected generated annual revenue for them is $5,175.

Gaudet said one of the bigger changes to come out of Monday’s council meeting is the increase in number of permits per residence. Originally each residence would be permitted two vehicles registered with the Pay Parking Program, but that number has now been amended to four.

“Before, residents could only register up to two vehicles. They could change those vehicles at any time, but it was a limit of two at one time.”

Proof of residency is still required to register vehicles to a household, but Gaudet said this can include an addressed utility bill or a copy of a document showing both the name of the registrant and the address of the residence.

Handicapped stalls also saw some change as a result of the meeting, as they will no longer require a Pay Parking Program permit of any type for residents or non-residents.

Gaudet said there was extensive conversation with the public regarding the Visitor Pay Parking Program and the change to the handicapped stalls came about as a result of that. Revenue lost by removing these six stalls within the downtown from the program will be about $2,070.

“The major reason there was because we are operating on a pay kind of station. The parking stall itself would be parked conveniently to an amenity or facility, but not necessarily to the pay station.”

For more information or maps regarding the Visitor Pay Parking Program visit www.SylvanLake.ca. 

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