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July 21, 2017

New parking regulations set for Old Town Warrenton

File photo/Lawrence Emerson
Curbside one-hour parking on Old Town side streets will change to two hours and parking fines will increase by $5 this September.
The Town of Warrenton in September will enforce higher parking fines and new regulations in Old Town.

Based on recommendations from a recent parking study, town staff will raise parking fines by $5 and change curbside one-hour parking spots on side streets to two hours.

Curbside parking on Main Street will remain set at one-hour.

In April, a parking study by Walker Parking Consultants of Haymarket found that downtown has adequate parking, but “it may not be perceived as convenient for some users.”

Town Manager Brannon Godfrey said staff decided to implement the new regulations to “improve available customer parking in the core of Old Town and incentivize employees and all-day parkers to use spaces on the periphery of the core.

“A decent shopping and dining experience requires at least two hours in the Old Town core, and we want to accommodate a shopping and dining experience that is not pressured by the worry of moving the car or receiving a ticket,” Mr. Godfrey added.

Starting sometime in September, citizens will receive a warning for their first parking offense.

However, the first issued ticket will cost violators $10 — a $5 increase.

“A $5 ticket was perceived as a cheap price for convenient parking, and not a penalty,” Mr. Godfrey wrote in an email to town council members and staff this week. “So we are stepping up enforcement for overtime parking.”

A second ticket issued will cost violators $25 and $50 thereafter.

The town plans to hire a parking enforcement officer next month to impose the new rules and budgeted $15,000 for an electronic ticket machine to photograph, time stamp and print tickets.

The machine will connect to a database allowing customers to pay their tickets online.

According to the fiscal 2018 town budget, parking fine revenue for the town could reach $40,000 this year — an increase of $15,000 over fiscal 2017.

The town also will increase fines by $10 to $50 on other parking violations.

The new fines include:

• Parking in a restricted zone, $35.

• Parking in loading zone, $35.

• Blocking a driveway, $35.

• Stopping/obstructing traffic, $35.

• Parking in a fire lane, $35.

• Parking within 20 feet of a corner, $35.

• Parking within 15 feet of a hydrant, $35.

• Double parking, $35.

• Parking against traffic, $35.

• Parking on a sidewalk, $35.

• Parking in violation of sign/marking, $35.

• Parking in a handicapped zone, $100.

• Parking without a valid inspection, $35.

• Parking without a valid license plate, $35.

• Improperly parked vehicles, $35.

• Parking over the top of a curb, $35.

• License plate not properly displayed, $35.
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TooTrue · August 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm
The citizen observer is right. It is a death nail for Old Town. People are getting the pro-growth leadership they were fooled by. Shame
citizen observer · July 22, 2017 at 10:43 am
When the new Town Center opens on Walker Drive; they are going to have to pay people to park, shop, and eat in Old Town.
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