Bexley property owners who host gatherings that attract 750 people or more will be required to file traffic- and parking-management plans with the city and pay a $100 fee for each event, if Bexley City Council approves pending legislation.
Council is considering an ordinance that, if approved, would require property owners who host large gatherings to do the following:
* File a traffic-management plan addressing traffic control and signs that will direct motorists.
* File a parking-management plan addressing how much parking is available and how many vehicles are anticipated.
* The number of police officers needed to assist with traffic management and public safety.
Councilwoman Monique Lampke, chairwoman of council's safety and health committee, introduced the ordinance at an Oct. 9 meeting. She said the legislation was prompted by a graduation, held by a school outside Bexley, at Capital University in May that caused congestion in neighborhoods surrounding the university.
Lampke said the ordinance applies to gatherings of 750 attendees or more because "I was trying to think of a number that's not too low or we're going to have many people burdened by this, and we're also going to burden our (police) department and our city."
Mayor Ben Kessler said the ordinance simply would require any property owner or organization that hosts large gatherings to comply with guidelines for existing events such as the Bexley Celebration Association's Fourth of July festivities, the Main Event and other special activities.
"We have a system very much like this in place for 5K runs and walks," Kessler said. "We wanted to make sure this wasn't something burdensome either to us or an applicant."
Bexley police Chief Larry Rinehart said his department supports the ordinance.
"Our neighborhoods can only absorb so much traffic," he said. "From a police perspective, we very much welcome this type of guideline. I think it will make our bigger institutions realize that they need to plan."
Bexley City Council is tentatively scheduled to hold a third reading and a vote on the ordinance at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.