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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

DIA Board Approves Complimentary Parking Plan

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Proposal will be put to membership at special meeting in November

The plan to offer complimentary parking in Owen Sound's downtown core has cleared a hurdle.

The Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) board approved a two-part motion at its last meeting to propose to its membership the removal of parking meters downtown and to offer two-hour complimentary on-street parking and up to nine hours in municipal lots.

The motion included that downtown parking be re-examined by the DIA board in two years.

DIA coordinator Deb Blackshaw tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the board also approved re-allocating administration and downtown maintenance duties of the DIA to the City of Owen Sound.

The business-sponsored parking plan will come at the expense of the DIA budget.

At a public meeting in August, the estimated cost of the plan was pegged at $180,000 -- about 75% of the total DIA levy.

A plurality of respondents to a recent DIA survey on downtown parking -- about 39.5% -- were in favour of the business-sponsored parking plan.

DIA board chair Dave Parsons says a special meeting of DIA members is being called on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

The location of the meeting has yet to be finalized, but will be advertised publicly once determined.

Blackshaw says the DIA membership will be presented the details of the parking proposition and restructuring of the DIA, with a budget presentation to vote on.

If approved by members, the plan to offer complimentary parking downtown will move forward.

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