Since enforcement began on Feb. 19, the new Short North Parking Plan has sought to create efficient, accessible and sustainable parking that benefits the Short North area and residents, businesses and visitors.
While the Division of Parking Services is pleased with the plan’s many accomplishments, a bedrock principle of the plan is to continually review feedback from the community and use a data-driven approach to make changes to better serve the public. In March and April, Parking Services conducted a “listening tour” to gather feedback on successes and challenges of the newly implemented parking plan.
“I am proud of the parking plan’s many successes, and especially its nimbleness to be responsive to the community it serves. The data-driven and community input we received allows us to enhance access and parking opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors of the thriving Arts District,” said Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director of Parking Services.
Parking Services met with the business community and the five neighborhood associations within the Short North Parking District. While the plan has successfully created turnover in the neighborhood to benefit users, and allowed residents who use on-street parking to park closer to their homes, there is concern from businesses who see fewer parking demands during the daytime. Parking Services staff felt the concerns were significant enough to consider interim changes to the plan in an effort to increase daytime business activity while not negatively impacting residents.
Based on these community conversations, Parking Services will undertake a phased approach to changes in the coming months:
Phase I: Effective June 24, 2019
1. Lower the 24-Hour Resident Guest Pass rate from $6 to $3
2. Adjust the rate change timeframe from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (at both meters and mobile pay zones)
3. Lower mobile pay only (side street) parking rates from $2/hour to $1/hour between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in permit zones SNA, SNB and SNE
4. Reduce Goodale Street meter rates to $1/hour and remove time limit restriction
5. In partnership with the Short North Alliance, enhance the already successful off-street retail validation program with a new on-street validation program through the Park Columbus app
Phase II: Late Summer (TENTATIVE pending results of occupancy and transaction data)
1. Increase the number of guest permits available to residents from 1 to 2
2. Allow visitors to extend time in mobile pay (side street) zones for up to 6 hours