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File #: 22-138    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/20/2022 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 4/26/2022 Final action:
Title: Presentation and Acceptance of the Downtown Parking Study PURPOSE: The purpose of this item is to accept a presentation of the Downtown Parking Study.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - 2022 Carrboro Parking Study
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TITLE: Title
Presentation and Acceptance of the Downtown Parking Study
PURPOSE: The purpose of this item is to accept a presentation of the Downtown Parking Study.
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development

CONTACT INFORMATION: Jon Hartman-Brown, 919-391-7846, JHartman-Brown@CarrboroNC.gov

INFORMATION:
Background: On April 25, 2017, the Town Council adopted a Downtown Parking Plan. This plan made the following recommendations:
Near-Term
* Promote shared parking arrangements between businesses.
* Collect regular parking occupancy data during the peak period.
* Deploy more consistent parking regulatory signs.
* Encourage vehicle turnover in high-demand parking areas.
* Encourage use of low-demand parking areas.
* Encourage the use of alternative transportation modes to reduce future parking demand.
Long-Term
* Coordinate and leverage redevelopment opportunities with identified stakeholders.
* Identify potential sites for a parking deck
* Discuss Public-Private Partnership options, and potential land swap arrangements.
* Seek a compromise that will benefit parking and businesses.
* Perform a Preliminary engineering Report (PER) for structured parking.

Challenges with this plan have been difficulty in willingness of private parking lots owners to lease to the Town for public parking, disagreements between downtown businesses and the Town on the parking counts and demands on the existing lots, and encouraging vehicle turnover in more high-demand parking areas with little enforcement.

On June 11, 2019, Town Council directed staff to undertake a parking study that would examine a paid for parking system for the Downtown. The motion stated "Staff is directed to look into (with help of a consultant or by themselves) the designing of a paid-for parking program and how to time limit enforce parking in the downtown, including options for the private lot owners to participate in the program and the enforcement. Scenarios will include a deck and without a deck. St...

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