Parking Zones for Short North

At the request of the residents of Short North neighborhoods, the City of Columbus commissioned a parking study to evaluate parking pressures in the area. The parking study consultants were tasked with developing a comprehensive approach to parking management, supply and operation in the neighborhood compiled in the Short North Parking Study Final Report.


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The proposed permit system would create eight permit parking zones for residents, four on each side of High St. — there would be an overlapping area with paid parking for non-residents. Essentially meaning there will be no more parking on side streets for free.

The recommendations of the study focus on five key elements:

  1. Enhancing the economic development and vitality of the Short North and surrounding neighborhoods;
  2. Protecting residential neighborhoods;
  3. Providing convenient, accessible parking as part of a multimodal transportation system;
  4. Recommending a financially sustainable parking plan; and
  5. Creating realistic zoning requirements for Short North developments.

The City is proposing the Short North Parking Pilot Program in an effort to protect neighborhood parking; to manage the demand for on-street parking created by commercial attractions; to promote retail patronage; to encourage the use of alternate forms of transportation; and limit congestion in the Short North.

“Please understand, this is a draft and not the final proposal.” The press release said.

To learn more about the Proposed Short North Parking Pilot Program, please attend one of the upcoming events (listed below). These are opportunities to learn more about the parking proposal and provide feedback.

  • March 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.: Councilmember Shannon Hardin will convene the Public Service and Transportation Committee for a public hearing in Columbus City Council Chambers. Public Service will provide a complete overview of the proposal. Those wishing to comment at the hearing will need to complete a speaker slip and will have three minutes to speak on the proposal.
  • There are three open houses scheduled at this time. This will be an opportunity to talk with city staff, working group members and neighbors about the proposal and provide feedback.
    • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Goodale Park Shelterhouse.
    • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Junior Achievement Gym, 68 E. 2nd Ave.
    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave


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