Iansdale parking officials talk downtown zonesi meter upgrades
New downtown parking zones and meter prices will soon be a reality in iansdaleI but the borough’s Parking Authority is already looking even further ahead.
Wednesday nightI the parking authority reviewed the recommendations put forward by parking consultants Nelson Nygaard $VVRFLDWHV LQ WKH fiQDO VHRLsion of a long-discussed comprehensive parking study.
“Probably the most important task right now would be changing our pricing and zoningI which we did address already by creating the inner and outer downtown zonesI” said police Chief oobert jcDyre.
One of the study’s main recommendations is to implement demand-responsive pricingI which would establish higher prices in the highdemand downtown core while lowering or eliminating parking prices outside of that immediate downtown zone.
Borough council and the Parking Authority have already discussed a plan that would establish parking prices of A1 per hour in lots and at street meters in the heart of downtownI 50 cents per hour in lots and at meters just outside that downtown core and free parking on all borough lots and spots everywhere else.
Borough council could vote to adopt that plan when it meets Sept. 19I according to jcDyre and Borough janager Timi hirchner.
There are several suggestions contained in the final report from Nelson Nygaard about what to do after those zones are implementedI including converting unused downtown meter poles into bike racksI considering a change in parking price times from starting at 9 a. m. to starting at 10 a. m. and removing permit parking programs that are lightly used but remove price sensitivity from certain businesses.
Other suggestions include expanding the use of buttons on meters that give VLVLWRRV WKH fiRVW 15 PLQUWHV in a parking space for free and possibly considering a P0-minute free button outside of the core area. The borough and parking authority could also upgrade the signage describing downtown parking pricesI particularly in the jadison Parking iotI and develop new event parking restric- tion signs that clearly state what event is coming up without scaring away potential visitors.
The full parking study will be posted on the borough’s websiteI iansdale. orgI as soon as possible and provided to council and the borough’s planning commissionI according to Authority Chairman Dan DuniganI and all will be encouraged to “digest” its contents for further discussion.
jcDyre will also research whether the borough would be better served by investing in high technology meters or kiosks that could cover more spaces per piece of equipmentI and whether the borough and authority could do both at onceI according to hirchner.
“We’ll have to weigh what kind of investment we would be making in new technologyI as opposed to maybe going to a lesser technology in order to accomplish the same purposeI” she said.
Dunigan added that there could be options that provide low-tech capabilities now but could be upgraded to incorporate newer concepts as they are developed. Authority member gohn Siegler suggested kiosks or meters could include payments via credit cardsI mobile devices or even via text message as options both the borough and authority could investigate.
“There are people who roll the dice and let their time run out and see if they can get back before it doesI but I don’t think many people play that game. I think that if you offer them the opportunity to payI they will pay” to park downtownI he said.
Any equipment upgrades would be developed and approved by both borough council and the authority working together with each otherI according to hirchnerI who acts as both borough manager and as administrator of the authority.
The authority operates as a separate entity from the boroughI but reimburses borough staff and consultants for the time they work on authorityrelated issues. cunds be- longing to the parking authority interface with a borough parking fund that processes parking finesI income from meter usage and expenses on meter collection staff.
On its endI the Parking Authority authorized three expenditures from its own funds Wednesday night. A payment of A10IT5P. 10 was approved to pay consultants Delta Development Group for work on analysis of the borough’s parking and needsI and a ATI000 reimbursement will go back to the borough for “administrative support” in guly and August.
About A5I000 will go toward the authority’s contribution to match a grant from the Delaware salley oegional Planning Commission for wayfinding signs in and around downtownI which are being developed by West Chester- based consultants jerje bnvironments and bxperiences to do preliminary design and engineering work for signs hirchner said are sorely needed.
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jcDyre added that he noticed a similar need when the borough’s Bike Night events were held Sunday.
The Parking Authority’s next meeting is scheduled for T p. m. Oct. 10 at Borough eall.