Aug. 10, 2017 – With the goal of gathering direct feedback on improving Oak Park’s myriad of parking rules and regulations, the Village will offer four opportunities for residents to discuss their views face to face with a national consultant hired to bring a broader perspective to one of the community’s longest running and most perplexing challenges.
Information gathered at these sessions will be used to develop a pilot project to test new approaches and technologies in one of the Village’s most in-demand parking areas – South Boulevard to Madison Street and Harlem Avenue to Oak Park Avenue.
Stakeholders from throughout the community are invited to drop by the Council Chamber in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., at 4 p.m. or 6 p.m., Tues., Aug. 22, or 7 a.m. or 11 a.m., Wed., Aug. 23.
Representatives from Dixon Resources Unlimited, a California-based company that specializes in municipal parking solutions, will join Village staff and members of the Transportation Commission in discussions of the challenges and possible solutions to parking issues in Oak Park.
If solutions can be developed for the high-demand area selected for the pilot study, officials say, they likely can be applied to other areas in the community as well.
Individuals who live, work or park in the pilot project area are especially urged to participate in one of the public discussions, but the meetings are open to all. Anyone unable to attend can share information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A comprehensive parking study has been underway in Oak Park for the past several months. The Transportation Commission, citizen volunteers who advise the Village Board on parking and traffic policies, has been reviewing rules and regulations in various sections of the Village, including signage.
While this review will continue, officials say they hope the pilot program will offer new insights into broader parking issues.
Information on the broader parking study is posted at www.oak-park.us/whatdoyouthink.
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