New Bern Board of Aldermen release new master parking plan
NEW BERN, Craven County - The New Bern Board of Aldermen received new recommendations Tuesday by the Master Parking Plan Advisory Committee regarding future parking procedures for downtown New Bern.
The committee has been meeting since September to come up with an initial plan for parking in the downtown area. One set of recommendations that was reported on was made public in early November. An open forum was also held by the city.
After the public forum, Tuesday's meeting brought about a final set of recommendations. They include:
-- Two-hour parking for an area bound by Broad Street to the Trent River (except for Broad Street and Union Point Park). The enforcement will take place between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday with the exception of holidays and 15-minute parking spots. The committee said enforcement would be phased in over a 45-day period.
-- News signs that where you can park and what kind of parking is available
-- Parking fines will be increased to $25 and doubled to $50 if not paid in 30 days.
The committee also presented proposed parking zones, recommended traffic flow and sign locations along with examples of how the signs would look. Click here to see a pdf version of Tuesday's presentation.
A public hearing will be held Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at City Hall (the pdf. says Jan. 8 but that is incorrect, the City of New Bern said on its website).