Matt Clements is running Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Matthew Clements is running for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen in the fall.
Carrboro’s Mayor and Board of Aldermen have opened up a discussion of implementing paid parking in the town. Parking availability has long been a contentious point in regional politics. Chapel Hill has invested in modern parking meters, a paid-parking app and stringent enforcement of public parking.
Carrboro, however, has avoided instituting paid parking and offers municipal lots and on-street parking for visitors. However, the underlying issue of private parking lots engaging in restrictive or predatory parking enforcement is prevalent in downtown Carrboro.
For instance, UNC has a lot behind the Armadillo Grill that is gated and restricted after business hours. Other private lots employ predatory towing practices instead of welcoming visitors to Carrboro. The town council needs to bring the community together to ensure there is a discussion on how to create a win-win proposition where property owners are able to work together for a common goal - the good of the town and its residents and visitors.
The upcoming 203 Project that will displace a significant portion of the town’s centrally located parking is smartly planning for the future and may decide to put a paid parking garage into the equation. Paid parking options are a voluntary choice by consumers to use and/or limit the town’s resources.