City of Kingston seeking feedback on winter weather-based parking pilot

Downtown Kingston after a snowstorm, January 2022. Kingstonist file photo.

The City of Kingston is looking for feedback on its winter weather-based parking pilot project. The project allows for overnight street parking during the “shoulder” months of December and March, weather permitting, with January and February having the full overnight parking ban.

According to a release from the City, residents can visit the Get Involved Kingston project page to complete a short survey on the pilot. City staff will reportedly gather feedback and report back to City Council with data and recommendations for the future of winter weather-based parking regulations in Kingston. 

The pilot program was first introduced in March 2022 and was extended in November 2023 to expand the amount of data collected through two full winters, according to the release. The pilot bylaw created a weather-based approach to parking on Kingston’s streets during the winter:  

  • During the months of December and March, overnight on-street parking is permitted, so long as a parking ban is not called in advance of winter weather. 
  • During the months of January and February, a blanket ban is in effect and overnight on-street parking is not permitted. 

The City of Kingston said it uses overnight on-street parking restrictions to respond quickly to winter weather.

“Plows are large vehicles, and it is safer, easier and more efficient to clear streets without vehicles parked on them. Read more about winter parking and our approach on the City’s winter parking webpage,” the City said.

The City provided the following details on how to provide feedback:

  • Between June 24 and July 12, visit the Get Involved Kingston project page to take our survey and have your say about the weather-based parking bylaw. Make sure to follow the page to stay in the know!
  • Use the Ideas tool on the Get Involved Kingston page to provide suggestions on how to manage winter parking in Kingston.
  • To complete a survey by phone or request a mailed copy of the survey, call 613-546-0000.

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