Drivers in Williamsburg may have to start paying for off-street parking

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- Change may be on the horizon for drivers in Williamsburg.

City leaders are trying to make more parking available for everyone.

Right now, on-street parking is free.

But the city is considering charging for on-street parking, among other options.

City leaders say it's too early to tell if that is an option they'll come up with.

Planning director Carolyn Murphy says they are reviewing a new parking study, trying to figure out the best way alleviate the parking woes in the city.

“We're looking at the implementation plan and part of that can be looking at on-street, off-street, paid versus non-paid,” Murphy says. “Do we need more parking and how do you regulate it?”

Murphy tells 13News Now according to a parking consultant, there is enough parking, but now they're searching for ways to communicate to drivers where all the parking is.

“Residents shouldn't be too upset now,” Murphy says. “We're evaluating the plan.”

Many residents expressing concerns that there isn't enough parking in the city.

There are two-paid parking locations in the city. Everywhere else is free.

City Staff is developing a plan which ultimately makes its way to city council for a decision.

A decision Murphy and city leaders hopes happens early 2017.


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