On 30 March 2023, the city council of the Municipality of Haarlem took a final decision to extend paid parking in 11 neighbourhoods in the coming years. This is necessary, they say, to tackle the growing parking problem in the city.
According to the municipality, in this way, Haarlem will ensure more road safety and better accessibility and it also creates space for more green spaces in the city. The expansion will start from the second quarter in 2024.
On 22 March 2023, the municipality received a request to hold a referendum on the expansion of paid parking. The referendum committee advised positively, but the council ruled that the request did not meet all the requirements of the ordinance and rejected the referendum request for that reason. So there will be no referendum and the council has now definitively decided to expand paid parking.
Haarlem neighbourhoods paid parking
The expansion of paid parking is in the following neighbourhoods: Amsterdamsewijk, Duinwijk, Haarlemmerhoutkwartier, Houtvaartkwartier, Indischewijk, Slachthuiswijk, Ter Kleefkwartier, Transvaalwijk, Delftwijk, Vogelenwijk, Vondelkwartier. This map(link is external) shows the parking zones. The college will decide in April 2023 which neighbourhoods will have their turn when.
Residents receive information
All residents of the 11 neighbourhoods will receive a letter this spring. In the letter, residents will find more information on when it will be which neighbourhood’s turn and what paid parking means for them.
With the introduction of paid parking, there are concerns about the effects on surrounding neighbourhoods, for example at Te Zaanenkwartier. The municipality will keep a close eye on this.
Special target groups
The municipality will talk to representatives of interest groups and umbrella organisations about the possible consequences of paid parking. Together, they will examine whether and which additional measures are needed to avoid unnecessarily impeding the functioning of the institutions. Arrangements already exist for care providers, businesses, social institutions and the disabled