ROCHESTER, Minn. – Downtown parking rules have changed and violators will be given a warning for the rest of October.
The City of Rochester says its parking ordinance has been updated to require vehicles be moved at least one block every four hours. As an example, the city says after fully paying a 90-minute parking meter, drivers cannot just refill the meter after 90 minutes to remain parked there. After a parking time-limit expires, the vehicle must be moved to different block or it will be ticketed.
A warning period will be in place until October 31 with one-time courtesy notices being issued instead of tickets.
According to a statement from Rochester Municipal parking, “Downtown meters with a shorter time limit are designed for those who wish to shop, dine, or conduct business downtown for a brief time. Time limits create turnover which provides opportunity for more people to access street parking, an important factor for many downtown businesses who rely on customer traffic.”