Dillon aims to simplify complicated parking rules | SummitDaily.com

Dillon aims to simplify complicated parking rules

DILLON – Town officials are moving forward on a code change they say will simplify Dillon’s complicated parking rules. Right now, the town has eight different sets of rules that apply for parking regulations throughout the town based on season, time of day or certain allowances.

Parking rules were temporarily approved at Tuesday’s town meeting, and a public hearing along with a final look at the new rules is set for May 18.

“What we’re trying to accomplish with this ordinance is to simplify our complex parking regulations, and create a uniform parking policy for the entire town throughout the entire year,” said town manager Devin Granbery. “One of the things we’ll be looking at is a phase-in on the requirements of the new ordinance so people have a chance to become familiar with them.”

According to Chief of Police Joe Wray, the town recommends changing the numerous parking regulations to the following:

– Prohibited parking on town streets and right-of-ways from 2-6 a.m. year-round.

– Prohibited parking in town lots from 2-6 a.m. year-round, except the rotating “blue” and “green” lots, which would allow overnight parking year-round.

– And using a special permitting process for special events where certain provisions or exceptions are needed for parking. This would also include allowing 72-hour parking along Lodgepole Street in the designated area, and provisions for general parking the upper and lower marina lots.

“We’ll have signage for all that,” Wray said.

Both Wray and Mayor Ron Holland said they’ve heard a fair bit a feed back about the new regulations from town residents.

According to Wray, “there have been some people voicing concerns with the change, and there’s also those voicing approval. I think everyone has recognized that something needs to be done due to confusion over consistency with seasonal parking rules. Some business owners initially had misgivings, but became in favor once they understood the need for it.”

Holland said he had not “really gotten any negative calls or feedback.”

Town officials say updated rules will make it “clear and simple” for regulating police officers, locals and visitors when it comes to town parking, and an educational period will be used to get everyone knowledgeable about the new code.

“First and foremost, with any changes the town council approves for the code, we will try to work with all citizen groups to make sure everyone is fully informed and understands it – so enforcement is limited,” Wray said.

He also said the town will spend its time educating people with updated signs, the media, home-owners groups and the Dillon Business Association.

“Although the new code could be enforced once it’s passed, the police department will be focusing on education to get the word out,” Wray added. “Strict enforcement would then pick back up with the winter snow-removal months.”

Dillon residents are encouraged to express their opinions over the new code at the May 18 public comment period.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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