A plan is in the works called “ParkEasy Nevada City,” which could add 183 parking spaces, shuttles and bicycle parking spots in the historic downtown.
It addresses an ongoing problem in Nevada City, as well as other Sierra foothill towns. While the towns offer shopping, dining, and wine and beer tasting opportunities, as well as annual events, the parking often is limited. The problem is compounded given the aging demographics.
“The resulting strategy has been tentatively coined ‘ParkEasy Nevada City,’ because it will provide a remarkable number of additional parking spaces if implemented. The strategy includes an added 183 parking spaces in 12 different locations within and nearby the Historic District, shuttle options and 20 new bicycle parking spots,” according to a City Hall staff report.
“A significant number of the solutions are affordable and can be implemented within 12 months. In fact, it is conceivable that all proposed improvements can be completed within four years. City staff has also identified locations for four electric vehicle charging stations and is actively evaluating opportunities for grant funding to accelerate investment in vehicle charging infrastructure.
“It is recommended that the proposed public outreach efforts described below include seeking feedback on the community’s interest in improving way-finding (directional signage) and enhancing use of technology.”
“Staff is recommending a two-step public outreach strategy to receive citizen feedback on parking expansion options:
“1. A community workshop in late January/early February.
“2. Review by the Planning Commission at their February 16, 2017 meeting.”
The issue will be discussed at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
More details, including maps of the proposed parking spots, are here. (You have to scroll all the way down to page 440).