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Hatboro to Consider Renting Parking Spaces

The Hatboro Borough Council is looking into revising its parking ordinance to allow for renting reserving spaces in borough-owned lots.

The Hatboro Borough Council is looking into revising its parking ordinance to allow for renting reserving spaces in borough-owned lots. Credit: Theresa Katalinas
The Hatboro Borough Council is looking into revising its parking ordinance to allow for renting reserving spaces in borough-owned lots. Credit: Theresa Katalinas
Metered and free parking lots are plentiful throughout Hatboro.

But, for residents without an official borough parking spot, long-term parking is scarce.

That may soon change. The Hatboro Borough Council has directed staff to look into the possibility of revising its existing parking ordinance to possibly permit the renting of parking spaces in borough-owned lots on a monthly basis, according to Council President John Zygmont.

The fees for use have not been determined, he said. 

The hope, he said, is to have the proposed change advertised in time to act on at the council's regular council meeting on Feb. 24.

Right now Hatboro is looking into what other towns are doing, Zygmont said.

"If people are going to be using the lots, we feel that we should be collecting," he said. 

A revenue goal has not been set, he said. 

Currently, parking is permitted for free in the borough's two unmetered lots for up two-hour and three-hour increments at the West Moreland Avenue and Bank Street parking lots, respectively, and up to 24 hours for the $1 fee charged at the largely commuter lot on East Moreland Avenue, according to Police Chief James Gardner. Beyond that, cars left in the lots can be ticketed, Gardner said.

"The goal is compliance and to ensure adequate parking," Gardner said, adding that long-term parking in short-term lots has not been a big problem.

Recent completion of the Bank Street parking lot, behind the former Wachovia Bank building is the driving force for the possible ordinance amendments, Zygmont said. 

Lynn Graf January 30, 2014 at 08:53 AM
there's actually very little parking at the Bank street lot and the former Wachovia is far from finished. The renovation team has blocked off quite a bit of that parking lot. I've heard that it will be another 6 months until it's finished
John Teets February 05, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Why not? Minor revenue and not a big deal on the parking lots. However, I note that there are lots of articles on Christie and the silly bridge business but ZERO on Benghazi where the President, Hillary, and Susan Rice all repeatedly lied and covered up. It seems there are more the the bones of dead Americans being covered up. Is the Patch in the tank for Hillary? I thought the purpose was to give LOCAL news.

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