WAYNESBORO -- The city of Waynesboro is working to resolve its parking problem downtown.
Michael Barnes, Waynesboro's director of planning, has proposed a plan to help fix the parking issue. It includes ways to create more parking spaces downtown, to better manage the spots that already exist and to enforce parking regulations more strictly - part of what Barnes calls an "all strategies" approach.
"I would definitely say that in downtown Waynesboro, we have a little over 2,000 parking spaces," he said. "We have a fair number of parking spaces in downtown. So it ranges from having issues in critical spots - localized shortages of parking - but overall I think there's a fair amount of parking downtown."
Some options for enforcing parking regulations include hiring a new parking enforcement police officer, increasing the parking fine or installing meters.
"I think it's always going to be an ongoing issue in any downtown," Barnes said. "It's been an issue that we've been hearing complaints from local business owners, especially with the retirement of our parking enforcement officer."
Barnes said there is a problem with employees taking some of the prime spots on Main Street.
If you would like to comment on the city's plans, you can do so by visiting www.revitalizingdowntownwaynesboro.com.
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