City parking rates going up

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Council approves rate increases at parkades, meters

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee listens as Roy Main, chief administrative officer, reads a motion during Tuesday's monthly council meeting.

It’s going to cost more to park in downtown Charlottetown in 2013.

Council passed a resolution at its monthly public meeting Tuesday night to jack the rates up at all three of the city’s parkades and on parking meters. The vote was 8-2 with Couns. Mitchell Tweel and Danny Redmond voting against it.

It was one of a number of significant issues that came up. The city also gave the green light to the McQuaid family to develop 15 acres behind the Charlottetown Mall to accommodate a mix of apartments, condominiums and a community care facility.

Council is also looking at ending the overnight parking ban during the winter and moving to the design phase for a roundabout by the Charlottetown Airport.

As for the parking issue, Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen said the city’s hand has been forced by the implementation of the harmonized sales tax, which comes into effect April 1, 2013, on P.E.I.

“We’re not blaming (the province),’’ MacFadyen said following the meeting. “It’s just that HST is going to be charged on parking; same with our meters.’’

The rate hike will also bring Pownal Parkade in line with the rates at the other two in the city. By 2014, it will cost the same to park at all three.

On Jan. 1, 2013, monthly rates at the Pownal Parkade will increase from $60 per month to $70 and on Jan. 1, 2014, rates will increase to $85 per month.

On Jan. 1, 2013, the residential rate in the Pownal Parkade will increase from $45 per month to $50 and on Jan. 1, 2014, the rate goes up to $55 per month.

On April 1, 2013, the monthly rates at the Queen and Fitzroy parkades will be $85 per month.

On April 1, 2013, the hourly rate at all parkades will be 95 cents while the daily rate will be $6.65.

None of the above fees include tax.

Also, on April 1, 2013, on-street parking meters will be $1.25 per hour.

Tweel said he opposed the resolution because there was no consultation with the public and it will only cause people to abandon the parkades and find a spot in residential areas.

Parking in Charlottetown is not currently taxed by the provincial government but that will change once the HST takes effect.

MacFadyen said the city has always lost money on the parkades and will continue to lose money “but not quite as much now.’’

“Of course, the province is going to benefit from the HST.’’

It’s the first significant rate hike the city has hit the parkades with since 2002 when the monthly rate went from $60 to $80 at the Queen Parkade and the hourly rate jumped from 75 cents to $1. At the Pownal Parkade, the rate in 2002 went from $45 to $60 while hourly parking jumped from 60 cents to $1.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • come on
    November 15, 2012 - 18:10

    i wouldn't of spent 20$ in the last 2 years down town --now they won;t even get 20$

  • fair is fair
    November 14, 2012 - 19:49

    The city should put in toll booths and charge parking at the exact same rate as downtown for any cars that drive into the Charlottetown Mall, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

  • automate the parkades
    November 14, 2012 - 19:47

    How about installing the same type of automated parking systems at the city's parking lots that are used throughout the rest of North America? These automated systems give you a ticket that has a time stamp embedded in the code. Then you must use a credit card or debit card at a pay station to validate that ticket in order to be let out of the parking facility. Go to Halifax airport - they do it there with no problem. Same at Moncton airport. Same at parkades in Saint John, Fredericton, Sydney and St. John's. And it's the norm in places like Toronto, Thunder Bay, Kamloops and Vancouver. It is absolutely ludicrous for the city of Charlottetown to staff a parking lot and to make it a cash-only venture at that. This is the 21st century folks.

  • intobed
    November 14, 2012 - 15:14

    I don't think this will hurt downtown businesses. After all, the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce supports the implementation of the hated HST, and they wouldn't support the new tax if it hurt their members, would they?

  • sasha
    November 14, 2012 - 13:01

    I think I will do my shopping in Europe from now on. $0.25 I save on parking should pay for the daily ticket to Paris and back.

  • not happy
    November 14, 2012 - 12:48

    this is slightly crazy if you ask me, needing to pay more to park downtown?, you are going to end up loosing a lot of buisness in the downtown mall from this.. i dont think we should have to be able to pay anymore then we do now!

  • Betty Pickens
    November 14, 2012 - 12:46

    Don't the merchants punch a parking card for you so you pay less to park in the parking garage?When you spend money in their shop or store? Or is this not done anymore....? All expenses are on the increase so why should parking not be one of them? But If seniors can not afford the drive to the Big City, and now the $$$$ to park...maybe the City should offer some special rate to them..after all PEI has a large number of seniors with some disposable income....if the city wants us to spend it there, they will have to entice "us" with some discounts. Every so often we hear about the downtown needing support..well, this hike in parking fees will only "drive" people away ,from the city, not "to" the city. !

  • parkers beware
    November 14, 2012 - 12:40

    They need to increase the rates to pay for ALL of the parking meter people. There are more of them on the street then there are tourists. As soon as your meter expires, one of twenty of them are writing you a ticket to hit their quota. I feel sorry for tourists, go in to spend money and come out to a ticket.....nice way to spend part of their holiday. Perhaps, some of them are trying to be on a future episode of "Parking Wars" and don't get me going about the chalk they use......

  • Meh
    November 14, 2012 - 12:26

    I think I will shop in Summerside or Montague. Make a day trip of it when I need to shop. Money I save from paying for downtown parking should pay for the gas to get out of town.

  • Just Wondering
    November 14, 2012 - 11:41

    Airport roundabout?!?!?........... PLEASE DON'T forget the Belvedere--Brackley Point Road--St. Peter's Road roundabout. We need that one more than any other one. Traffic there is disgusting.

  • ELD
    November 14, 2012 - 11:09

    When will they learn that higher taxes and fees actually keep people away!!

  • Rob Mac
    November 14, 2012 - 10:46

    So in Jan 2013 the daily rate at the parkades will be $6.65. It is currently $7.00 a day now. Thanks!

    • Tax Plus
      November 14, 2012 - 13:16

      No thanks needed, unless you like paying more. It says in the article all prices do not include tax. $6.65 plus tax is more than $7 taxes in.

  • Quiet Observer
    November 14, 2012 - 10:45

    Love it! Good move! As a retail store owner NOT downtown, this is great news!

  • Julien
    November 14, 2012 - 10:05

    I find it odd considering the Oct 16th article "All-day parkers cause major inconvenience". It seems to me that raising the cost of parking with increase the issue. On a different note, it makes me wish I didn't have to work downtown. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2012-10-16/article-3100253/All-day-parkers-cause-major-inconvenience/1

  • Sylvia
    November 14, 2012 - 09:22

    We live in a rural area so when we go to Charlottetown, we won't bother shopping in the downtown when these rate increases come into effect. We'll do all our business in the malls. These increases are going to hurt businesses in the downtown area and will cause more people to shop in the malls. These increases don't make any sense. I have to agree with Tweel & Redmond.

    • Seriously
      November 14, 2012 - 12:00

      The rates are NOT that high! You would seriously NOT shop donwtnnw because you have to pay 5-6 bucks to park? You have to pay for parking in a downtown core in ANY city and Charlottetown is no different. Islanders need to get in touch with reality. I sense what most of the complaiuners want is "subsidized" parking - ludicrus! If you can't afford to park your car, don't own one. And if you're just too cheap tha tis another story!

  • MFH
    November 14, 2012 - 08:44

    Rip-Off !! Rip-Off !! Rip-Off !! Shop at the malls. Parking is free.

    • Heavy Duty Shopper
      November 14, 2012 - 13:05

      If the Charlottetown City Councillors all got together and gave their heads a shake, do you suppose they would realize the reason most folks who work downtown are shoppers? Would they realize that people who come into the city to shop would rather leave money with the merchants that the meter? Pathetic. I tend to use the parkades, but can rarely find a spot that is not on the top level, and being older, find it hard to drag packages back up to the car. Rally around the spenders boys! They keep the downtown alive