Changes to parking in Rochester

New parking ordinance requires people to move their vehicles more often in downtown Rochester.

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 7:19 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- A lot of changes are happening in Rochester, including the way to park.
The City Council approved an update to the parking ordinance earlier this year.
The change went into effect this month.
The new parking ordinance, limits the time you can spend at a single meter.
After the time is up, visitors won't be able to just plug the meter.
They will have to park in a new spot at least a block away.
You won’t be able to return to your original spot for at least 4 hours.

“I just don't want to pay for any more parking tickets their expensive so I just avoid parking downtown as much as I can,” said Jennifer Soberg.

She was downtown to pickup some items for work.
She tells KIMT she’s unsure about this new ordinance.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea but I really don’t like to park downtown.”

For the rest of this month the city will give warnings to violators to let drivers get used to the new rule. After October 31st, the meter limits will be fully enforced.

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