Newport amends parking committee makeup

A parking advisory committee will help Newport City Council address parking issues in busy areas of the city, including the bayfront.

NEWPORT — The Newport City Council discussed creating a parking advisory committee on March 2. After considering discussion and testimony, they agreed to make changes regarding the composition and size of that committee and hold a public hearing at their meeting on March 16.

Ordinance 2164 “expands the size of the committee from seven to 11 members. It also includes that representation from each of the special parking areas — Bayfront, city center and Nye Beach — be increased from two to three representatives and adds two at-large members to the committee,” read City Recorder and Special Projects Manager Peggy Hawker from City Manager Spencer Nebel’s report.

With parking becoming such an issue in some Newport neighborhoods, the general consensus of the city council was that there would be enough interest in the committee to staff a parking advisory committee with 11 members and have a quorum present at meetings.

While there was no public input at its meeting on Monday, March 16, the city council further deliberated on how to best staff the committee.

“I think the goal is to have a broad balance on this committee and have as many various representatives from each of those areas as possible,” Hawker told the council in Nebel’s absence Monday night.

The Parking Study Advisory Committee will assist policymakers and staff with the development and implementation of parking policies and programs and related transportation issues, Hawker said.

Derrick Tokos, the city’s planning director, confirmed, “This will be a committee appointed by council … the guidelines are intended to provide some kind of structure to the interview process and give you a sense of how you might want to diversify that committee. You have the ability to recruit people to apply and try to make sure you get the committee structured in a manner that you are comfortable.”

“I was arguing pretty strongly that the fishing fleet needs to be represented," said Councilor Dietmar Goebel. “Fish plants need to be represented. Businesses need to be represented on the Bayfront.” He wants to be sure those people are included in discussions of parking meters on the Bayfront.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance 2164 amending the Newport Municipal Code to establish a parking advisory committee.

The city council will not meet April 6, but at this time plans to meet April 20. All meeting agendas, supporting documents and video of meetings can be found on the city’s website at www.newportoregon.gov.

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