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Parking officers are booking in new Lords Place time zones, but built-in citywide buffer applies

May 23, 2023

Some of the new 15-minute zones on Lords Place. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes

Parking inspectors are already ticketing people on Lords Place south following the thoroughfare's $1.4 million makeover.

New time zones limiting parking to 15 or 30 minutes are in place.

Orange City Council announced it would change the time zones after a swift and brutal backlash against its decision to remove about a third of the street’s parking spots.

By lessening the amount of time people could park for, council was able to argue that there would in fact be more parking spots available over the course of a day.

A parking officer on Summer Street in December 2022. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Shop owners have told The Orange News Examiner they are concerned about the 15-minute zones, which they believe have the potential to damage business.

One owner said customers had told them that they were wary of taking a 15-minute spot in case they were booked.

Orange City Council employs four parking officers.

On Tuesday an officer was spotted ticketing vehicles on Summer Street, and chalking tyres in the Village on Summer car park.

A source with knowledge of ticketing etiquette in Orange told The Orange News Examiner that officers give people a 15-minute grace period.

“If it’s a 15-minute spot they won't book you before 30 minutes; if it’s a 30-minute spot they won't book you before 45 minutes.”

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