Main Street Parking: Residents Weigh In

The county will meet with Historic District residents to discuss a residential parking plan.

The new Main Street parking program announced by Ken Ulman in August may be getting a tweak. 

In a letter sent to residents, the Department of Planning and Zoning Director of Special Projects Steve Lafferty announced a meeting at the end of the month to “provide you information about how [the parking program] will work and to discuss how residential parking may be addressed.”

At a meeting on Aug. 21, Ulman announced a plan to install multi-space parking meters on Main Street and Maryland Avenue and the introduction of Parker, a phone application that uses underground sensors to map out where, at any moment, there are available parking spaces.

The plan was guided in part by a study done in 2009 by Desman Associates (attached). One of the study’s recommendations was to “develop a lower cost employee and resident parking program at the rate of $30 per month for peripheral lots and $50 for core lots.” 

The study refers to lot D, behind the Howard County Welcome Center, and lot E, behind Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, as “core lots.”

In his letter to residents, Lafferty said the county wants comments and input on a residential parking program “that recognizes your need for parking throughout the week.” 

The meeting is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Dohony Hall at St. Paul’s Church.

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Peter Edelen October 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Sara Arditti October 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The Council may be forming a parking advisory committee to get input from the community AFTER they formulated and passed the plan? The Desman Study (that they are so fond of citing as the basis for passing the plan,and which never recommended a Smart "Parker" system,) recommended forming this committee for community input BEFOREHAND. They also recommended AGAINST multi-meters on Main St, and FOR the formation of a dedicated revenue stream from parking fees to fund Ellicott City parking projects, both of which were ignored. This is throwing crumbs to pacify the crowd. The bottom line is, every time someone pays to park under the new system, they might as well send their money directly to the two out of state corporations providing the equipment. That sucking sound you hear is Streetline of CA and Duncan Solutions of WI draining ONE MILLION DOLLARS out of our local economy over the next 4 years, with no net revenue increase for Howard County and nothing to show for it but a "cool new app".
john stephens October 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
thats a good bottom line. I agree a friend who referenced the "study" actually told me "no one ever goes there anymore because its too crowded " - he vehemently supports the plan but no he doesn't live here. I think its MUCH MUCH MUCH ADO, about nothing. Its all about the "app", which doesn't add any spaces on Fri or Sat. nights . Just more kids driving around in parking lots looking at their handhelds. I predict an increase in fender benders.
Peter Edelen October 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This residents meeting has been postponed until a later date due to the inclement weather. I will update the posted signs on Main Street when new info is available.
Peter Edelen November 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The residents meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 27th, 6:30pm at new NEC building at St. Pauls Church, per an e-mail from Steve Lafferty this morning.


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