Public Hearing to be Held on Public Parking Management
The Newport City Council is holding a public hearing to take testimony on how the city should manage its public parking assets in Nye Beach, City Center, and the Bayfront. The Council recognizes that any meaningful change will affect residents and businesses and encourages all who are interested to attend the hearing, on November 18, 2019, at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway.
A citizen advisory committee prepared a package of recommendations that seek to improve the availability of public parking for all users. Wayfinding, lighting, needed parking improvements, and the City’s parking standards for new construction are addressed in the proposal. Public parking along the Bayfront would be managed with a combination of parking meters (kiosks) and permits. The Committee recognized that changes should be made to how parking is managed in Nye Beach, but believes further outreach is needed to determine if a scaled down metering concept, focused on core commercial areas, or a non-metering option that consist of fees and/or parking permits is preferable to area businesses and residents. No major changes are proposed for the City Center area. The Newport Planning Commission considered the proposals and is recommending they not be adopted, and instead be referred to a new committee to develop concepts that de-emphasize or eliminate metering.
No final decision will be made at this hearing. The City Council wants to know everyone’s thoughts on the committee and Planning Commission recommendations to assist in determining how to proceed. The Committee recommendations draw from a Parking Management Plan by Lancaster StreetLab, dated March 2018, and public feedback received over a three-year period. Details about the committee proposals, framed as Comprehensive Plan amendments, and the Lancaster Parking Management Plan, can be viewed or downloaded from the City of Newport website at: http://newportoregon.gov/dept/cdd.
For more information, contact Derrick Tokos, City of Newport Community Development Director, at 541-574-0626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.