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Short North Parking Plan

Short North Parking Plan moving forward in January 2019!

The Department of Public Service is pleased to present the final Short North Parking Plan that is expected to begin on January 22nd, 2019.  The plan meets the following community goals:

1.      Customer Focused: The plan addresses the needs of residents, guests, employees and patrons using permit parking, time restriction and demand based pricing.  The City is leveraging forward thinking parking technology including virtual permitting, mobile payment and license plate recognition (LPR) technology to make for a more user-friendly, efficient parking system.  The City is committed to re-evaluating and modifying the plan after a six-month stabilization period.

2.      Equitable:  The plan uses on-street time restrictions and pricing to provide access to the most users and prioritizes each street based on need and land use.

3.      Consistent: The plan provides a more consistent approach to parking throughout the entire neighborhood.  Signage will be clear and easily understandable; the permit program is simple and easy to navigate; and the use of LPR and additional parking enforcement officers will make enforcement more efficient and effective.

4.      Leverage Mobility Options: The plan encourages use of other modes of transportation by placing time limits on the street and pricing the street based on demand.  Those visiting the district longer than three hours should consider transit or car, ride or bike share.

Plan Documents

Click here to download the detailed plan.

Click here to download a map showing each permit zone and block by block parking restrictions.

Click here to download the Short North Plan Executive Summary.

Click here to download the full Short North Plan Document

Parking Policies

Below are the policies that govern the new parking plan.  Please click on the links below to learn more.

1.      Permit Parking Rules and Regulations: Governs how permit parking is established and modified; general rules for issuing permits; eligibility requirements for residents, guests, businesses and others; and annual permit fees.

2.      Parking Benefit District Rules and Regulations:  Establishes guidelines for creating a Parking Benefit District (PBD) in areas with higher than optimal parking demand.  A PBD reinvests a portion of the paid on-street parking revenue into a defined area to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses and promote alternate forms of transportation.

3.      Parking Meter Rate Adjustment Rules and Regulations:  Establishes guidelines to provide a transparent process that requires the use of key performance measures and evaluations to adjust parking rates to obtain the desired on-street occupancy.

Plan Next Steps

1.      Signage: Over the next several months, city staff will be installing new parking regulatory signage throughout the Short North.  Old signage will be removed and new signage will be installed.  New signage will be covered up with a parking restriction cover that has the old signage printed on it to maintain existing parking restrictions as applicable to the street.  Over Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday Weekend, staff will remove the parking restriction covers and all new signage will be displayed.  Enforcement will begin on Tuesday, January 22nd.

2.      Permits:  The City is working with its vendors on an online permitting system that will be available in November.  Eligible applicants will create an online account and upload required documentation.  Once approved, the applicant twill receive an email notification stating their virtual permit has been approved.  Stickers and hangtags will not be issues as the permitting system is implemented on a "by plate" basis.

Public Outreach

Open House:  City staff and RAMA consulting will host an open house on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5-7:30pm at the Northside Branch Library at 1423 North High Street in the Short North to provide additional plan information to residents and businesses to learn more about the new online permit application process, guest permits, the Park Columbus mobile payment application, and LPR.

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