Historic Dublin Council ponders parking problems
More changes could come to parking in Historic Dublin as the city continues working to improve the situation.
After a weeklong survey of parking lots in the northwest quadrant of Historic Dublin, city staff has recommended marking all spaces within the Darby Street lot with three-hour limits and extending enforcement hours beyond 5 p.m.
Over the past 18 months, the city has worked to improve the availability of parking spaces in Historic Dublin by improving the Indian Run lot to attract more people, adding time restrictions to parking spaces in the Darby Street lot and instituting agreements with the Dublin branch library and Dublin Community Church for extra spots.
The city has also worked with businesses to have employees park farther away in the Indian Run lot to free up spaces for customers closer to businesses.
"The survey found that portions of the Darby Street lot continue to be used for extended period parking (greater than three hours), often occupying between 30 and 40 percent of available Darby lot spaces during the evening peak period," the staff report to council said.
Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher expressed frustration at the situation.
"Many violators are their own employees," she said, adding she is against spending more city money to improve parking for the businesses that break the rules.
City Manager Marsha Grigsby said city staff continues to work with Historic Dublin businesses to develop ways to have staff park at the Indian Run parking lot.
Steve Langworthy, director of land use and long-range planning said making all spots in the Darby lot limited to three hours and increasing enforcement would help.
Often employees who work in the evening hours can park in the Darby lot for longer than three hours because enforcement ends before the time limit does, Langworthy said.
"A few tickets will change behavior," Grigsby said.
Still, Chinnici-Zuercher cited concerns about spending additional city money on the problem.
"It's very discouraging ... to help the private sector when they're not helping themselves," she said.
In other council news, modifications to Dublin's fence code were approved by council.
During an Oct. 22 meeting, council heard the first reading of the changes that would remove references to vegetation as fencing in the fence code.
Vegetation would still be addressed in landscaping code.
While some council members expressed concerns of large plant walls obscuring open views along property lines, city attorney Stephen Smith said enforcing rules would be difficult.
Council members approved the modifications removing references of vegetation in the fence code in a 6-1 vote, with John Reiner casting the lone dissenting vote.