Scotch Plains Council Passes Parking Restriction Ordinance, Designates Senger Place as No-Through Traffic Street

On Tuesday evening, the Scotch Plains Council voted to approve an ordinance that enforces two-hour time limits on parking on several parking zones in the downtown district and on Mountain Ave. Credits: Sean Conklin
Senger Place in Scotch Plains will soon be closed to through traffic. Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains is adding 13 additional parking spaces for police officers to provide more spaces for downtown shoppers in the adjacent Municipal Lot. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – On Tuesday evening, the Scotch Plains Council voted to approve an ordinance that enforces two-hour time limits on parking on several parking zones in the downtown district and on Mountain Ave. from the intersection of William St. to Victor St. in a unanimous 4-0 vote.

Municipal Parking Lots No. 1 and No. 2, located across the street from Town Hall, were the parking zones in addition to Mountain Ave. that were outlined in the ordinance which was adopted in its second and final reading. Other two-hour parking zones in the downtown district will continue to be enforced.

“I’ve spoken with several business owners in the downtown area and the feedback that I have received has been very positive,” said Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith in a phone interview with TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. “They are noticing improvements in the parking conditions near their storefronts and that’s exactly what we’re trying to accomplish.”

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Smith added that two-hour parking restrictions would be strictly enforced wherever there is signage. Prior to Tuesday evening’s meeting, written warnings were issued to violators. However, citations are expected to start being issued to parking offenders after the three-week grace period, which figures to start on or after Labor Day Weekend.

“If you see signage that limits parking to two hours, expect it to be enforced,” explained Smith.

Patrons of events and customer visits that are expected to exceed two hours must inquire ahead of time to secure a special pass that will allow their vehicles to remain parked beyond the time limit to avoid receiving a parking ticket.

In addition, the Scotch Plains Council also adopted an ordinance that designates Senger Pl. as a no-through traffic street as the Police Department plans on adding 13 new spaces adjacent to its headquarters. This is expected to help add more parking spaces for patrons in the Municipal Parking Lot next to Town Hall. 

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