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Parking Problems? Survey Will Anaylze Port's Situation

Port Washington officials have approved a parking survey set to be complete this year by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

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.

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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.

What's your biggest parking concern in Port?

Tell us in the comments.

Andrzej Sitarski March 29, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I am a resident & business owner in this City and can’t just watch anymore what is happening with our ordinances. It seems like City Government is totally ignoring voices of its citizens and local organizations doing everything they can to bring more people and popularize our activities. Instead welcoming signs: FREE PARKING, there are a 1 or 2 hrs parking zones through out the City. My personal experience made me realize how senseless regulations they are; I live in the condo building and when my daughter visited me for Easter, there is no place for her to park or she has to purchase the permit for an entire month, far from the building. Talking with many other residents, I hear the same concerns as I have. There are constant problems during all kinds of events, where visitors are discouraged from staying for the same reasons. I didn’t want to post this on the open web to not drive away our precious guests and I hope that City Officials will take my letter under consideration.

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