After suggesting the idea last fall, Port Washington officials have finally received the green light to perform a study of the city's downtown parking situation.
Officials brought up the idea of approaching the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to do a parking survey in the downtown area in September, and the city's request was answered this month.
SEWRPC — an planning agency for seven counties, including Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha — is funded by tax levies at those county levels as well as federal and state aids, according to its website. The council approved the survey to be performed at no cost to the city on Wednesday.
Mayor Tom Mlada said approval of the survey comes at a vital time to evaluate potential parking problems given Port's recent economic growth — such as the addition of Duluth Trading — and continuing developments, such as the Boerner building and the former M&I Bank building renovations.
"I think this is a potential real value for us," he said.
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Aspects of the parking being considered as part of the survey include:
- Parking demands during weekends in the summer;
- Evaluation of on-street parking regulations;
- Evaluation of meter and nonmeter requirements in parking lots;
- Parking requirements in the marina lot and for charter fishing businesses;
- Pinpointing areas of excess parking;
- Pinpointing possible city-owned parking lots that could be sold for development;
- Evaluating areas where parking shortages exist.
The survey will be completed later this year.
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