The downtown market study and parking analysis working group got a better of idea on how to handle possible future parking issues during its Tuesday, June 24, meeting.
While parking isn't a problem in the Village, the downtown market study and parking analysis outlines ways to improve the town's parking situation, which often hits near-full levels during peak lunch and dinner hours.
The plan offers suggestions to help provide more parking, particularly during peak times such as lunch and dinner hours on weekdays.
The plan looks at the total utilization of parking in the Village and concludes that "there is currently ample parking supply Downtown to meet the weekday demand; however not all of the parking supply is available to everyone looking for spaces." The plan states that half of the parking spaces in the area are privately owned and are either not available to customers or limited to customers of a specific business.
"Further, some Downtown customers may not be able to park exactly where they want (often in front of or along the block of their destination) because their preferred location is fully occupied," the plan states. "However, Downtown Zionsville generally provides a comfortable walking environment, and walking a block or two between a parking space and a shop or restaurant is typically not an unreasonable obstacle."
The plan says two main factors are used to estimate future parking needs -- the amount of vacant space that can be occupied and the amount of new space that should be developed. Using those factors, the plan estimates an additional 29 spaces to satisfy market needs.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.