Leaders ask for input to solve parking issues in downtown Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- City officials are asking for the public's input towards solving parking issue in downtown Burlington.

In an effort to revitalize downtown businesses, city council, Public Works director Nolan Kirkman and consultants have proposed the "Downtown Parking Draft Plan" to increase street parking for downtown customers.

Between municipal lots and street parking there are approximately 1,400 spaces available to the public.

Kirkman said many residents have complained that downtown employees take a majority of the public street spaces.

"The goal is to increase spaces on the street that’s available fore business," Kirkman said. "We do things very efficiently right now but perhaps there could be changes in the way we do enforcement through times."

A possible short-term solution would be to increase enforcement on parking spaces operated by two unsworn staff members within the Burlington Police Department.

Kirkman said another idea was to place limitation for ADA drivers who are allowed to park on any lot or street space for an unlimited amount of time as long as their ADA placards are visible.

Kirkman said a long-term solution would be to implement metered parking. Parking on municipal lots would cost 50 cents an hour and 60 cents an hour on street spaces.

Council is allowing 30 days for residents to submit their comment forms on parking either online, in person at 234 East Summit Avenue or by phone at (336) 222-5005.

Kirkman said a public input session along with consultant Bourque will be held on October 18th at 6:30p.m. in the Council Chamber of the municipal building.