CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – In a Tuesday night meeting, Carolina Beach City Council tabled a text amendment regarding private parking lots that charge for parking until an upcoming workshop. The Council was set up to address irregularities among private car parks that charge for parking.
The city currently has five car parks in the central business district which are owned by the city, offering a total of 365 spaces. Three private lots had agreements with the City to manage parking in the neighborhood, which are year on year for a total of 220 spaces. There are seven temporary private car parks that have been operating this summer in the CBD for a total of 595 spaces,
In 2007, an allowance was created to allow private lots to charge for parking in the central business district (CBD). The allowance was created with the downturn in the economy to allow owners of vacant land to use their assets in transition.
What was only a temporary lot operated in 2007 has now grown for the first time in numbers greater than the number of urban spaces.
Temporary private parking permits are issued annually and owners of these lots can charge for parking from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
If approved for permanent parking, owners of these lots can charge year-round, but must make improvements to manage stormwater, provide landscaping, and disabled parking. No permanent parking permit has been issued since the allocation was created in 2007.
City council staff offered three options for consideration:
1. Eliminate the allowance for temporary private parking to pay for parking. Homeowners could still use their property for permanent parking, but would need to make improvements.
2. Allow existing commercial businesses in the CBD to charge for parking when the business is closed.
3. No change and continue to allow billing for temporary private parking lots in the CBD Planning & Zoning Commission recommended to remove temporary parking lots and change permanent parking lots with additional standards.
In October, Carolina Beach City Council selected a new parking company, Pivot Parking, to manage the city’s parking lots.
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