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Task force studies downtown parking

Members of the Canby business community met July 23 as the Downtown Parking Task Force to address parking issues in the city’s core.

“We invited downtown business owners and managers to come together to discuss some potential parking changes,” said Jamie Stickel, manager of the city’s Main Street program.

Stickel led the session attended by about 15 business people. Mayor Brian Hodson also participated in the meeting held in the police department community room.

“We talked about all the suggestions we could come up with,” she said.

The proposals included changing parking hours, using public parking lots and involving more merchants through surveys and outreach.

The task force grew out of a parking management plan the city council approved last year. That study looked at short- and long-term parking strategies for the city’s commercial core.

The city embarked on the study after it bought the railroad parking lot on First Avenue and discovered the city had been using more land than it leased and ended up with 130 less parking places.

The plan’s recommendations included limited and enforced parking hours, short- and long-term employee parking, a uniform sign system and a permit zone for residential areas affected by commercial parking.

This is just a way to add to information gathered in the study for the parking management program, Stickel said

“We’re taking suggestions and recommendations and combining them with the needs of businesses.”

“We need to make sure there’s parking for customers,” Stickel said. “That’s the main thing.”

The business owners and employees should know which parking areas are designated for them.

Another issue would be finding ways to relieve First and Second avenues during parades and celebrations, she said. That would include making sure event organizers know about public parking and other options.

“Right now we’re trying to take look at the downtown as whole and what works best for the greater good,” Stickel said.

The next task will be developing a survey with downtown businesses, she said. “We’re working on that right now.”

After the survey has been conducted, they will reconvene and hopefully find some solutions,” Stickel said. “



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