Where is the parking demand coming from?

There are two major sources of the increased parking demand. First, a number of the buildings in the downtown that were empty or underutilized have been rehabbed and now occupied. Since 2010, 67,000 square feet of this type of space have been renovated. It is estimated that at least another 50,000 square feet of vacant space still remains. Second, the residential rental market has changed greatly in the downtown. For many years a large share of renters either did not own a vehicle or only had one vehicle. Today, it is more common for renters to have multiple vehicles per unit, including several younger unrelated individuals, each with their own vehicle.

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1. Why is the City dealing with parking changes anyways?
2. Where is the parking demand coming from?
3. Now that I have an understanding of the reasons why the City is dealing with the parking issue, can you explain to me what goals are driving these changes?
4. Please explain how the parking program will achieve these goals?
5. How are changes in the downtown impacting the general property taxes in the community?
6. How is the increased demand for parking impacting the downtown?
7. Why isn't it the plan to let the people that have been long term tenants and taxpayers continue to park for free and have the new people causing the demand pay?
8. I heard that in the past the City has given out parking waivers through the Planning Board review process. Is this the reason for the parking challenges?
9. If my project received a waiver, does it mean that I should continue to get ‘free’ parking?
10. Will the Planning Board continue to issue parking waivers for new projects?
11. I am a property taxpayer in the community that seldom comes into the downtown. Why should I care about this issue at all?
12. How will these parking changes affect my taxes?
13. What will parking revenues be used for?
14. How did you take the opinions of residents into consideration in the process of designing a new parking program for the downtown?
15. How were these changes communicated to residents and business owners?
16. Is there a process in place for adjusting parking policy to respond to citizen concerns?
17. What if I just need to park for a few minutes to pick up my takeout order?
18. Who can I contact if I still have questions?