The 2017 study identified underutilized parking capacity. Why should we be expanding employee parking on residential streets before fully exploring options for more fully utilizing these off-street?

The PPTF has explored these options. However, due to the high cost of building structured parking, the fees for garages are expensive, more like $10/day instead of $30/month. For retail and restaurant workers, these fees are cost-prohibitive. Plus, the parking garage availability is limited (see pre- Covid levels), and best serves the businesses by offering patron parking.

There are a few private lots available. Most already have made agreements with businesses to offer employee parking. Council has entered into a new agreement with Rider University to make almost 200 spaces available at the Westminster Choir College campus for employee permits. Churches do have parking lots that are largely vacant on weekdays, but they need to reserve the ability for members to park on short notice for events such as funerals and memorial services.

Town officials are in ongoing conversations to find other shared lot agreements with private owners and will continue to pursue more options for employee, customer and residential parking.

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1. Why should residents have to pay for permits to park in front of their own homes when they already pay such high taxes?
2. Are discounts on permit fees available for low-income residents?
3. The municipality paid an expert consultant, Nelson-Nygaard, three years ago to study our parking system and make recommendations on how to update it and make it work better. What did this consultant
4. Why should the municipality subsidize employee parking?
5. How will day and overnight parking impact municipal services such as garbage collection, snow removal and brush/leaf pickup?
6. Why are neighborhoods that currently do not have a permit system in place being proposed for expansion of the permit program?
7. Will increasing the amount of parallel parking on roadways make them more dangerous and increase the number of crashes on these roads?
8. How will residents pay for the permit? What if they don’t have a credit card?
9. The 2017 study identified underutilized parking capacity. Why should we be expanding employee parking on residential streets before fully exploring options for more fully utilizing these off-street?
10. Can employees park at the all-day meters created when the new meter system was rolled out two years ago?
11. How much will employee permits cost? Will all employees be allowed to purchase permits?
12. Will the University and other institutions be eligible to purchase employee permits?
13. Where would the undergraduate and graduate students park their cars during the day and at night?
14. How many permits can a household purchase if they have a driveway?
15. For residents who live in apartments, how will it be determined who qualifies for permits?
16. Are there certain streets in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that will be exempt from parking restrictions?
17. How much would a permit cost if I have a guest?
18. What if I have multiple guests with more than one car?
19. What is the reason for increasing the parking limit from two to three hours?
20. Will the 3-hour grace period apply to evening hours as well as day?
21. Are landlords still responsible for providing/purchasing permits for their tenants?
22. How will the redevelopment of the Seminary land on Hibben and 206 affect parking?
23. Are hotels and housing developments required to provide parking for their guests and tenants?
24. How will home health aides and day care workers be allowed to park?
25. Is the removal of the High School Neighborhood and the Western Section from the proposal permanent?
26. Is the proposed plan more complicated than the existing regulations?
27. What is the financial impact of removing License Plate Reading (LPR) technology from the proposal?
28. How will contractor and other services provider parking be handled?
29. How many cars currently park on each of our residential streets Monday-Friday?
30. Approximately, what is the total estimated number of potential street level employer permit paying cars that would be parked on nearby residential streets?
31. What is the rationale and approach for allocation of employer-purchased parking places to address the anticipated gap between supply and demand?
32. How many additional employer permits will be granted to park on each neighborhood street if this proposed parking permit regulation is passed?
33. How will new expanded parking permits be issued? Will this only be done electronically or also using paper passes to be kept on the car's dashboard?
34. How will expanded permit residential parking be enforced?