Proposed Short North Pilot Program
At the request of the residents of Short North neighborhoods, the City of Columbus commissioned a parking study to evaluate parking pressures in the area. The parking study consultants were tasked with developing a comprehensive approach to parking management, supply and operation in the neighborhood.
Throughout the study, the consultants conducted an open house, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, public meetings and an online survey to gather feedback from the residents, businesses and developers. The consultants also evaluated the existing parking conditions and completed a parking inventory of the entire area to determine the number of available on-street and off-street parking spaces in the Short North. To learn more about the data collected, check out the Short North Parking Study Final Report.
The recommendations of the study focus on five key elements:
- Enhancing the economic development and vitality of the Short North and surrounding neighborhoods;
- Protecting residential neighborhoods;
- Providing convenient, accessible parking as part of a multimodal transportation system;
- Recommending a financially sustainable parking plan; and
- Creating realistic zoning requirements for Short North developments.
Over the past 15 months, the Short North Working Group has been meeting in an effort to evaluate the study recommendations and provide the City with initial feedback and suggestions to move the recommendations forward. The working group has taken a thoughtful approach in considering the needs of the residents, businesses and developers as well as maintain the vibrancy of the neighborhood and improve parking conditions.
Where are we today?
The City is proposing the Short North Parking Pilot Program in an effort to protect neighborhood parking; to manage the demand for on-street parking created by commercial attractions; to promote retail patronage; to encourage the use of alternate forms of transportation; and limit congestion in the Short North. The City released a draft proposal in March 2017. In an effort to gather feedback from the neighborhood, the Department of Public Service sponsored four open houses with over 300 attendees, posted an online survey with over 1,100 responses, and received more than 150 emails through the website. City Council also held a public hearing in March that included a formal presentation of the information and provided attendees an opportunity to share feedback.
Upon completion of the feedback period, city staff reviewed all responses and made changes to the draft proposal. Click on the links below to view the updated draft permit parking map and a comparison chart that shows changes in the proposal.
To learn more about the Proposed Short North Parking Pilot Program, please attend one of the upcoming events (listed below). Currently the next two meetings have been canceled(July 13 and 19). These are opportunities to learn more about the parking proposal and ask questions.
- (Canceled)Wednesday.July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm: Councilmember ShannonHardin will convene the Public Service and Transportation Committee for apublic hearing in Columbus City Council Chambers. Parking experts and PublicService staff will provide a complete overview of the proposal. Those wishingto comment at the hearing will need to complete a speaker slip and will havethree minutes to speak on the proposal.
- There are two public meetings scheduled at this time. This will be an opportunity to hear from parking experts about the proposal and talk with city staff to get your questions answered.
- Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Goodale Park Shelterhouse.
- (Canceled) Thursday,July 13, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Junior Achievement Gym, 68 E. 2ndAve.
Click on the links below for the following information:
Click on the links below for information from the initial proposal that was released in March 2017.
- Copy of the presentation for City Council Hearing on March 22, 2017.
- Televised version of the City Council Hearing on March 22, 2017.
- The proposed Short North Pilot Program legislation. This provides guidelines for the pilot program that will require Columbus City Council action once it has been reviewed by the neighborhood and businesses.
- Short North map of the proposed boundaries for permit parking. Rather than pockets of permit parking the goal is to create larger zones with consistent on-street restrictions to spread out the parking and create more opportunities for area residents to park on their street.
- An overview of the on-street restrictions options, permit fees, visitor permits, business permits, technology needs, enforcement, and the possible creation of a Parking Benefit District.
- Draft rules and regulations that will apply to residential permit parking.