DeKALB – People working or visiting downtown DeKalb should know that parking changes will begin Aug. 29. Downtown residents no longer will have to pay for a permit, and those wishing to stay a little longer will be able enjoy longer stays.
After a final approval from the City Council on Monday, nearly all on-street parking spaces, and spaces in the Embree, Pond and Van Buer lots will become three-hour parking between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. City staff said this will allow shoppers more time to have a meal, shop or see a show downtown without being ticketed.
Residents who live downtown also will see changes, and parking passes that are issued after the new rules passed Monday will be issued free of charge, documents show. Residents who demonstrate their proof of residency will also receive 12 guest passes.
Previously, resident passes in all areas identified by the DeKalb Police Department as being part of the Safe Streets Initiative cost $25. City staff said free passes will reduce the need for calls to the police department requesting parking waivers.
In nine public parking lots, downtown residents also will have the option of obtaining a limited number of parking permits for select spots in the lot.
Those interested can obtain one by filling out an application on the city’s website or in person at the DeKalb Police Department, 700 W. Lincoln Highway. They must provide proof of residence.
The three-hour restriction ends at 6 p.m., at which time downtown parking will be unrestricted until 2 a.m. From 2 to 6 a.m., on-street parking is prohibited because of street cleaning.
Those wishing to park their car overnight are encouraged to park in a public lot.
Residents will have time to adjust to the changes. The city will run a grace period from Wednesday through Aug. 28.
Those who violate new parking regulations during that time will not be ticketed. However, a green notice will be placed on their vehicle to inform them of the changes.
Downtown parking changes came after a months-long study of downtown parking habits conducted by DeKalb police, city staff, the Downtown Merchants Group and from several ward meetings hosted by City Council members. City staff said the changes are meant to encourage more people to visit downtown and account for the growing number of residential units being built.
Source: The Daily Chronicle