Update: Changes in Pearl St Lot #1

Thanks to everyone who contacted my office with your concerns regarding the change in use for the Pearl St parking Lot to permit only.

I met with transportation staff, the Burlington Downtown Business Association, and our city manager last Friday to discuss all of the feedback we received. As a result of your feedback, we all agreed to temporary change back to paid and permit use in this lot. The future policy for lot #1 will be determined in the coming months.

I am committed to ensuring a vibrant downtown for all of our businesses and recognize parking is a shared resource among all users of the downtown, visitors, businesses and residents. I support and advocated for this change back to paid/permit parking in this lot.

Below is more information on what you can expect in the coming days and weeks. Feel free to circulate this information to anyone you know who may be asking questions about the lot.

Changes to Municipal Parking Lot on Pearl Street

In January, the Pearl Street Lot was converted to monthly permit parking lot from the mixed use of daily and monthly permit parking.

There have been concerns raised about the change. The city will be doing a number of things to address these concerns.

Immediate Change in the Lot
o the lot will go back to being used for monthly and daily parking
o a sign will be installed in the parking lot to reflect this use
o the change will be shared with businesses and residents via social media, signage and e-mails

Next Steps – Collect Data
o City of Burlington staff will conduct a study and the data will show the parking habits of people using the lot 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week
o these measurement will assist Parking Services Staff and the Downtown Parking Committee to determine the optimum mix of parkers (permit/daily) moving forward
o the results of the study will determine the use of the lot and outline any policy changes they may need to be made

Community input:
o the study of this Lot will take place over the next few months
o at the conclusion of the study, the business and residential community near Lot #1 will be invited to a meeting to review and discuss the results

For more information on the study please contact:

o Rita Hardy, Supervisor of Parking Services at 905-335-7600, ext.7692 or
o Councillor Marianne Meed Ward at 905-335-7600, ext. 7588 or


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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