Waterfront Park Buffer Zone

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The Waterfront Park Buffer Zone is a defined area in the Town of Georgina that encompasses neighborhoods where tourism has the potential to cause safety concerns and/or property conflict. It was developed after many public, staff-related and Council-related inquiries related to public parking conflict, parking fees, and overall tourism impact to local neighborhoods along the waterfront throughout Georgina. As a result, the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone was created in late 2020. It includes the entire shoreline area of Lake Simcoe and Town roads in lakeside neighbourhoods. A section along the Black River north of High Street in Sutton is also included. 
The Waterfront Park Buffer Zone is outlined in detail in PDF icon schedule 14 (645.53 KB) of By-Law 2002-0046.

Waterfront Park Buffer Zone PDF icon map (3.25 MB).

No parking and no stopping fines

In 2021, the Town received approval from the Regional Senior Justice to increase no parking and no stopping fines in the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone.

Beginning May 22, 2021, no parking fines will increase from $30 to $100 and no stopping fines will increase from $50 to $150.

The fines apply to all motorists only in the event they are parked or stopped in restricted areas within the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone.

Timeline

April 2021: Regional Senior Justice approves increased fines for use within Town of Georgina
March 2021: Traffic By-Law 2002-0046 amended to include language to support the increase of fines within the newly defined Waterfront Park Buffer Zone
March 2021: Waterfront Park Buffer Zone defined in the Traffic By-Law 2002-0046 as approved by Council
September 2020: Waterfront Park Buffer Zone concept and increased fines proposal presented and approved by Council - PDF icon Council report (336.34 KB)

Frequently asked questions

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How does the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone apply?

The Waterfront Park Buffer Zone is a tool used to apply other by-laws to. It defines the area in which the Town can assess specific increases, specific infractions or specific rules.

Are all areas within the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone now no parking or no stopping?

No. Only those areas with existing no parking and/or no stopping restrictions are affected by the fines increase within the Waterfront Park Buffer Zone.