The Corvallis Urban Services Committee took a whack at the issue of guest permits and other exceptions to its residential parking districts program Tuesday at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.
And the questions led to more questions as the committee met for the eighth time to discuss solutions to city parking problems. Among them:
• What constitutes a visitor?
• How big a problem is permit counterfeiting?
• How should the city allocate permits to contractors and vendors that need access to businesses or houses inside the new parking zones?
• How should permits be allocated for employees of business in the zones?
The committee, which consists of Ward 2 Councilor Roen Hogg, Ward 3 Councilor Richard Hervey and Ward 4 Councilor Dan Brown, directed city staff to study the issues, and plans to discuss them at its Feb. 4 meeting.
In the meantime the city will mail postcards either late this week or early next week to residents of the planned new zones with information on what the changes might consist of and how to comment.
There currently are three parking districts in the city, A and B north of Oregon State University and C, which is east of OSU. Permits cost $15 per year for residents, and those without permits can park once a day for free for two hours.
Committee members tentatively have agreed on a phase one that would require permits in a new system of seven zones, which would ring the OSU campus. Zone residents would be charged $20 a year, and nonresidents would be charged $307, which is 115 percent of what OSU charges for faculty and staff.
Only those with resident permits would be able to park within two blocks of campus.
All committee recommendations must be approved by the full City Council.
The new program is scheduled to go live in September. A second phase that would add three more zones would be implemented at a date to determined.
Tuesday’s meeting drew one of the largest crowds the committee has had while discussing parking districts.
Nine members of the public testified. Issues raised included using off-street parking totals in the calculations, the need for more parking garages at OSU and concerns about the restrictiveness of a permit-only system that would essentially exclude people from parking in large chunks of town.