Updated Friday, 10:39 a.m.
Davidson officials are preparing to extend 2-hour parking limits to new areas of downtown, with enforcement to begin in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the Town Board will hold its monthly work session Tuesday night, Aug. 28, with an agenda that includes a public hearing and vote on refinancing some town loans.
Town officials are continuing to carry out recommendations in a consultant’s 2011 parking study, which looked at short-term and long-term solutions to improve parking downtown.
Two weeks ago, town workers began putting in new signs along Concord Road and North Main Street, signaling that those areas now will have a 2-hour parking limit, rather than all day. The signs are currently covered, but Davidson public works chief Doug Wright says enforcement will begin in September, after discussions with Davidson College. He said in an email:
The [new] signs restrict on-street parking, based on recommendations from the parking study. We are also replacing all old signage within the study area. We expect to begin enforcement the week of Sept. 10th. We are meeting with the college next week to finalize a few parking issues that affect them.
The 2011 parking study said downtown has a surplus of parking spaces, though that will decline with new development. Business owners have been concerned that there’s not enough parking for potential customers. New limits on parking could ensure that spaces turn over regularly, instead of being occupied all day.
DavidsonNews.net‘s Around Davidson columnist Brenda Barger has expressed concern about new limits. (See her note at the end of her Aug. 9 column.)
Last year, the town restricted parking to two hours in front of Town Hall and along a portion of South Street, where residents were given resident parking permits.
The parking consultants had recommended against putting meters downtown. The two-hour parking limit is managed by the town’s parking enforcement officer. Meanwhile, the town on Jan. 1 increased parking fines to $30.
TOWN BOARD MEETS TUESDAY
Davidson’s Town Board meets for its monthly work session on Tuesday, Aug. 28. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. and will include a public hearing and vote on refinancing about $1.5 million in town debt, for park land and street and sidewalk repairs.
Tuesday’s agenda also originally listed a presentation by police chief Jeanne Miller about enforcing state law against texting and driving. But the town spokeswoman said Friday that Chief Miller won’t be able to attend, and that presentation will be put off to a future meeting.
Tuesday also will include a discussion of the town’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan. The board also will hear an update on fiscal impact studies in the town’s Economic Development Strategic Plan.
Read the full agenda on the town website.