You Will Now Have to Pay to Park in This Area of Mississauga

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Sometimes, good things come to an end.

Although the 'burbs are associated with sprawling subdivisions and free on-street parking spaces as far as the eye can see, sometimes sacrifices must be made as those once-quiet cities transition from bedroom communities to big (well, bigger) cities.

In a distinctly big city move, one of Mississauga's most bustling neighbourhoods is about to introduce paid parking.

The City of Mississauga recently passed a recommendation to implement paid parking in areas of Streetsville beginning early in 2018.

The decision was made at today's (Nov. 1) General Committee meeting.

This change, though disappointing for some, has actually been a long time coming.

“Paid parking in Streetsville allows the city to manage parking demands and encourages parking space turnover in the shopping area of Streetsville,” said Mickey Frost, director of Works, Operations and Maintenance.

Paid parking will roll out in two phases. The first phase will include Queen Street South between Barry Avenue and Kerr Street and Municipal Parking Lot #9 located at Queen Street and Pearl Street.

Queen Street South on-street paid parking will be in effect from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Off-street paid parking in Municipal Parking Lot #9 will be in effect from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The cost for parking on-street and in the lot will be $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $2 for the third hour. Parking will be allowed in these locations for a maximum of three hours.

"The City's Municipal Parking team worked closely with the Streetsville Business Improvement Area (BIA) on the implementation of a paid parking plan and agreed that it was necessary for businesses to thrive," added Frost. "Money received through paid parking will be used to offset costs of implementation and operation of paid parking infrastructure."

The recommendation will go before City Council for final approval on Nov. 8. Staff will bring forward a corporate report to General Committee in the fall-winter of 2018 for phase two of paid parking in Streetsville.

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