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Downtown Parking Meeting & Survey Results

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The following attachments contain the results from the 2 public parking meetings held at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 2, 2018: 

 Public Input Meeting Questions - Parking

Public Parking Meeting Respones - Church Lot Question

Public Parking Meeting Responses - Employee Parking Question

Public Parking Meeting Responses - Season Passes Question

Public Parking Meeting Responses - Time Limits Question

The following attachment contains the data collected from the online survey which was polled from May 3 - May 7, 2018:

Online Survey Results

 

Public Meetings 

The Town of Beaufort conducted two interactive local input meetings regarding the parking challenges in Downtown Beaufort on May 2, 2018. Mayor Newton provided the following information at the opening of the meetings:
"I am thrilled to have such large crowds to have open and respectful conversations about paid parking. This is an important time in our Town's history and we want to take a holistic look at Town plans to include paid parking.

Did you know?
• This is the 5th year for Beaufort paid parking and we're still refining our processes and procedures
• Part of the reason paid parking was initiated is 
-Because employees were taking up customer parking spots
-To pay for downtown beautification projects
• NPS has contracted for dozens of parking spots and the contract (approved in 2014) goes through 2024...that needs to be part of our paid parking calculus
• In FY 18, the Town is paying the Baptist Church $36,000 for their two lots...not saying that is right or wrong, it just needs to be part of our calculus
• Expanded days and times for paid parking were considered in public forums months ago...this is not new
• The current proposed 2-hour limit was also part of a public discussion with community input...but this too can be adjusted
• Despite the fact that we have had 4-years of paid parking, there is not solid data...Lanier parking experts can help us develop that data
• Our Commissioners and Town Staff are really good, thoughtful people who love Beaufort and they want to get input from citizens, business owners, and 
employees
• There are few absolutes in complex issues like paid parking and I hope we are all willing to compromise to find the right approach that is in the best interest of the entire Beaufort community."

During the public meetings, participants were split into four groups to discuss each of four questions. Their thoughts, concerns and input was recorded and compiled. The following are the results of these meetings:

 

Questions to Consider

  1. Should there be a time limit on parking? Where? How long? Opportunity for renewal?

     

  2. Should the town continue to lease the First Baptist Church lot (Ann and Turner)? 58 spaces, $3000/month?

     

  3. Should there be weekly and/or seasonal parking passes for sale? How much should they cost? Where can they be used (impact on restricted time spaces)?

     

  4. What concerns and suggestions do you have for employee parking? Would you be willing for park remotely and ride a shuttle? What times would a shuttle need to run?

 

Question 1

Should there be a time limit on parking? Where? How long? Opportunity for renewal?

05-02-18

8:00 a.m.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Total

Time Limit?

Yes – 9

No – 0

 

Yes – 4

No – 1

Yes – 8

No – 1

Yes – 0

No – 1

Yes – 9

No – 0

Where?

Not specified

Not specified

Front Street, not Surface Lots

Not specified

 

How Long?

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

3 hours – 1

3 hours – 1

3 hours – 3

3 hours – 0

3 hours – 5

4 hours – 8

4 hours – 3

4 hours – 6

4 hours – 0

4 hours – 17

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 1

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 1

Opportunity to renew?

Yes – 6

No – 3

Yes – 3

No – 2

Yes – 9

No – 0

Yes – 1

No – 0

Yes – 19

No – 5

  1. Should there be a time limit on parking? Where? How long? Opportunity for renewal?

8:00 a.m. Meeting

Additional Comments:

Group 1

  • Parking enforcement hours should be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Free parking should be available
    • Angled parking on Cedar Street
    • Broad Street
  • Property for sale near Gallant’s Channel Bridge should be used as a satellite parking location
  • Designated employee parking lot for downtown employees (free)

Group 2

  • Business owner on Turner Street lives on site with no dedicated parking space; how will the town address this? Will she have to pay to park at her own home? Why can’t she have a painted assigned space as seen throughout town?
  • If 500 visitors spend the day at Cape Lookout/Shackelford, 80 employees work downtown at one time, and an additional (approximate) 96 employees when Moonrakers (total, not per shift) opens, parking is already expended.

Group 3

  • Parking time limits are good for visitors, not for employees/residents
  • Turner Street should be designated as downtown employee/volunteer parking
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. is too long, prefer 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Group 4

  • Would like designated residential parking spaces in front of homes
  • The decision should be based on analysis of individual business needs
  • Atlantic Beach and Morehead City enforce from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; 8a.m. to 8 p.m. is excessive
  • Short term passes/spaces for residents to make “quick trips” (15-30 min.)

05-02-18

3:00 p.m.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Total

Time Limit?

Yes – 8

No – 3

Yes – 10

No – 0

Yes – 6

No – 2

Yes – 5

No – 5

Yes – 29

No – 10

Where?

Front St. - 5

Front St. - 1

Front St. - 0

Front St. - 0

Front St. - 0

Side Streets - 2

Side Streets - 0

Side Streets - 0

Side Streets - 0

Side Streets - 0

Surface Lots - 2

Surface Lots - 0

Surface Lots - 0

Surface Lots - 0

Surface Lots - 0

How Long?

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

1 hour – 0

2 hours – 1

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 0

2 hours – 1

3 hours – 1

3 hours – 1

3 hours – 3

3 hours – 5

3 hours – 10

4 hours – 6

4 hours – 4

4 hours – 5

4 hours – 3

4 hours – 18

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 0

5 hours – 0

Opportunity to renew?

Yes – 10

No – 0

Yes – 3

No – 0

Yes – 8

No – 0

Yes – 10

No – 0

Yes – 31

No – 0

 

3:00 p.m. Meeting

Additional Comments:

Group 1

  • Should consider short term parking for businesses like Cru for customers to run in and grab a coffee or other “quick trips”

    Group 2

  • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. is too long to enforce parking; prefer 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., one suggested 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • The town is going to destroy downtown with this parking proposal

    Group 3

  • Beaufort Historical Association employees—will they be able to cover meters for special events with town approval (i.e. fundraising events - Valentine’s Day Party, etc.)
  • Loading/Unloading zones on Turner Street
    • Will trucks have a place to unload or will they continue to park in the middle of the road as they’ve been doing for years?
  • 15-minute “quick trip” parking spaces

Group 4

  • Prefer 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. enforcement hours
  • Should not be a limit on Turner Street Surface Lot
  • Front Street Surface Lots could be a mix—one lot 3-4 hour non-renewable, one lot 3-4 hour renewable
  • Structured fee schedule. X amount for the first 4 hours, if choose to renew, X + Y amount, increase by Y per hour

Summary

The general consensus among all groups in both meetings is that there is a need for time limits on parking.  2-hour limits are not enough, and 4-hour limits would be considered acceptable.  The majority of participants indicated a need for the option to renew without leaving spaces.  There were concerns raised regarding the ferry customers and their ability to renew via smart phone without physically being downtown, which would further circumvent ongoing parking issues downtown.  There were additional concerns regarding downtown employees and their ability to comply with time limits.  Several people suggested the town collect data and analyze the needs for each business; shops generally wouldn’t need as much time as restaurants.  

Question 2

Should the town continue to lease the First Baptist Church lot (Ann and Turner)? 58 spaces, $3000/month?

Overwhelmingly the answer was yes, the Town should lease the lots. 

However, those polled believed that the Town was being taken advantage of regarding the length of lease, the overall amount of $36,000 a year.  They preferred that the lease be for six months during the peak season (hopefully at a lower rate).   Then they would be ok for $3,000 a month for six months.

There was also consensus that the lots should only be used for downtown employees and volunteers for either free or at a reduced rate with an employee/volunteer pass.

Another suggestion was that businesses sub-lease a number of spaces from the Town for their businesses.

A great suggestion was the addition of bike racks so workers who biked could have a location that was well lit near their work place.

Finally, there was a concern that the church could close off the lots for certain events and how would employees/volunteers be notified.  They were concerned that they would show up and then have to search for a space they have a pass for, and maybe have to use a pay to park spot.

These comments are representative of the comments from both the morning and afternoon parking discussions.

Question 3

Should there be weekly and/or seasonal parking passes for sale? How much should they cost? Where can they be used (impact on restricted time spaces)?

MORNING SESSION

RESPONSES:
Overwhelming response for seasonal passes, primarily for business owners and residents.  It was unclear if it was for residents without driveways or to have access to downtown.

Shared seasonal passes and/or purchase multiple passes for business owners. Business owner could purchase multiple (with a limit) seasonal passes for employees and share them at shift change or other means.  

Seasonal passes would be a couple of blocks off Front St and other off site designated areas, including shuttle service.  Other off site areas mentioned were the Gallant’s Channel Maritime Museum, Roses, Piggly Wiggly, old library site (demo to create parking lot), and contract with private vacant lot owners.

Temporary (weekend or weekly) passes for visitors.

Suggested fees ranged from free (business employees) upward to $400 per seasonal pass with $100 being the most commonly suggested fee. This goes along with the “structured fee” suggestion for paying more to park closer and decreasing the further away you are from Front St.

Golf carts should pay for parking (and regulated overall) when parking in a metered space.  Citizens are concerned that folks with golf carts are allowed to park wherever they want without enforcement.

There needs to be a parking pass solution for elderly downtown residents that require constant healthcare, almost a double parking to accommodate those folks. 

OTHER COMMENTS:

Develop demand based management parking plan (what we’re doing now)

Can folks with handicap tags park in any space (metered or unmetered) without a pass?  YES, according to state law.

AFTERNOON SESSION

RESPONSES:
Approximately 70% answered no to seasonal passes and to keep things the way they are.

Remaining 30% preferred shared seasonal passes and/or purchase multiple passes for business owners. Business owner could purchase multiple (with a limit) seasonal passes for employees and share them at shift change or other means.  

Those who preferred the business sharing seasonal passes requested that employees be given vehicle decal with “E”. Which allows them to park in designated parking spaces.

Suggested fees ranged from free (business employees) upward to $100 per seasonal pass.

Another suggestion is for residential seasonal passes for $50.

OTHER COMMENTS:

There are multiple concerns regarding the enforcement of seasonal passes. 
There are safety concerns for employees, who park blocks away, getting back to their vehicles after late hour shifts.

Question 4

 

 What concerns and suggestions do you have for employee parking? Would you be willing for park remotely and ride a shuttle? What times would a shuttle need to run?

Common Themes

  1. Satellite parking with a shuttle
    1. Parking Locations
      1. Old Ice House- push County employees there to free up Broad/Turner spaces
      2. Shopping centers (Piggly Wiggly, Roses, Live Oak & NC 101 intersection property)
      3. Gallants Channel property
      4. Front Street Village
      5. Partnership w/ Airport
      6. Partnership w/ Mr. Oliver to use Old Elementary School property
      7. Town Creek Marina “lot”
    2. Shuttle Times
      1. 8a-12a
      2. Run every 15 minutes
    3. Shuttle Service
      1. Town-run, free for employees
      2. Businesses contribute $100/month to fund service
      3. Private ventures partially subsidized by Town meter revenue
        1. Free for employees
        2. Nominal fee for employees
      4. Provide a “bike-share” service so that employees are not relying on a shuttle
  2. Designate the following for employees only
    1. Queen/Craven Street
    2. Broad/Ann/Turner Streets for employee only parking
    3. Maintain Church lease for employees only
      1. Explore lease w/ Methodist Church for employee parking
    4. Demolish old library for employee parking
  3. Business passes
    1. $100/season, transferable to employees
    2. $20/parking sticker for each employee
    3. Passes good for any space
    4. Passes not valid for Front Street and 100 blks off Front Street
  4. Restripe Cedar Street immediately to provide more parking
  5. Meet w/ business owners individually to determine their specific needs

Overall, the community seemed to understand the businesses should share in the responsibility of providing/funding a safe area for employees to park. They also agree the areas in front of the various business should be for their consumers.