By Kiera Morgan
The Newport City council considered composition of an advisory committee for the parking management plan that will be prepared for the Bayfront, Nye Beach, and City Center commercial areas. A Request for Proposals or RFP for consulting services to assist in the preparation of a Parking Management Plan was sent out and it is likely that a consultant will be selected by mid-February. The City has three commercial parking districts, one for each of the study areas. The parking districts have advisory committees that the Council established by resolution.
The City Council could impanel these three groups as a single project advisory committee for the parking study. Newport Community Development Director Derick Tokos said the Planning Commission would like to have a representative attend the meetings, since the Commission is likely to be asked to help implement recommendations that result from the study. The purpose of this project is to identify strategies that will maximize available parking supply in the Bay Front, Nye Beach, and City Center areas of Newport to support a vibrant working waterfront and retail-oriented, tourist areas and commercial businesses.
If Council chooses this approach, the policy advisory committee would be as follows: