The Lancaster Parking Authority has announced dates and times for three public meetings to kick off the city parking study it commissioned.
Each meeting will focus on a different section of the city, as follows:
- 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23: San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, 425 S. Duke St. Focus area: Southeast (South East Elm Street/SEES).
- 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24: St. Joseph Church, 440 St. Joseph St. Focus area: Southwest (SoWe).
- 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25: City Council Chambers, City Hall, 120 N. Duke St. Focus areas: Central business district and the New Holland/East Walnut corridor.
Everyone interested in city parking issues — business owners, commuters, neighborhood residents — is invited to attend. Representatives from the consulting firm doing the study, Kimley-Horn, will explain it and gather public input on concerns and potential solutions.
An online survey will also be available on the authority's website no later than Monday, Oct. 22.
Further public meetings will be scheduled later to present the data Kimley-Horn collects and to review its draft recommendations.
The study, expected to take four to six months, will look at all types of parking, including public and private inventory, and potential demand in coming years, factoring in the effects of new technology and changing commuter habits.
The cost is $152,300. The authority will pay $69,000 for the central business district; the SoWe neighborhood will contribute $35,100 for the southwest; and the city will provide $48,200 for the other two areas.