City Delays Implementing Short North Parking Plan
The City of Columbus is again delaying implimentation of it's plan to regulate parking in the Short North. Jim Letizia reports.
The city is moving back the implementation date from November to late January of next year. Officials cite delays in installing and training workers on the license-plate readers that will enforce the plan. Officials also want more time to let the public know about changes and install new parking restriction signage. Under the plan streets will be divided into five zones where permit holders may park at any time. Those lacking permits will pay for up to three hours via an app. Permits will cost 25 dollars a year, with a maximum of two permits per household. Residents will be able to purchase 25 dollar guest permits or 24-hour passes for 6 dollars. The city is also creating a parking benefit district that would use parking revenue for administrative expenses and encourage alternative transportation options. Columbus City Council will consider legislation establishing the district on Monday. The city has also scheduled an open house on the plan for October 23rd at the Columbus Metropolitan Library branch on North High Street. The plan is posted on the website of the Columbus Public Service Department: https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/parking/proposed-short-north-parking-plan/