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Chagrin Falls Parking Plan

Much of the street parking in Chagrin Falls recently changed to three hour parking in an effort to give visitors more time to enjoy the area. Recently, contracts with private parking areas have also been signed to offer free all day parking in the area.  The map that’s provided in the pdf below shows the current parking regulations in effect across Chagrin Falls.  If you have additional questions about parking, please feel free to call Village Hall at 440-247-5050. 

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Parking Commission Meeting Announced

The Parking Commission will meet on Thursday, April 26 at 4 pm in Village Hall Council Chambers.  The agenda includes:

1.    Review 2016 Parking Plan

2.    Discuss Parking Meters in the Central Business District

3.    Discuss Smart Phone Apps to Pay for Parking Fees

New Parking Proposal Presented To Council

Village Council has scheduled two meetings to discuss everyone’s favorite topic—parking. They will be on Thursday, April 20 and Wednesday, May 3 both at 7:00 pm at Village Hall.

In the last few weeks, there have been several revisions to the proposed parking plan and I’ll attempt to summarize the current proposal here. Another good source is the article by Barbara Christian in last week’s CVT (Section A, Page 5).

1) Parking Meters.

The proposed plan calls for installing 2-hour meters on all streets where we don’t currently have meters as well as putting 2-hour meters at 38 spots in the W. Washington lot (aka the Muni lot, which is mostly owned by the Village). The revised plan also calls for installing 8-hour meters in the East Orange lot (next to Riverside Park). Council will have to decide whether to install meters in these locations or leave it the way it is.

The current proposal calls for relatively basic meters that would (a) take coins and (b) allow payment via a smart phone App. Using these basic meters would keep the cost for the meter itself relatively low ($400 per meter) and allow the Village to maintain the $0.50 per hour charge.

Council will also discuss potentially putting in kiosks that take credit cards, etc., but we are told that the break-even point for those types of meters requires charging $1.25 per hour, which is much more than the current level of $0.50.

All meters would have a first 20 minutes free button.

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Second Town Hall on Parking Proposal

The second town meeting in a three meeting series took place on Wednesday February 1st at Township Hall.  In the video below, the Chagrin Falls Parking Commission takes comment from residents and local businesses on the proposed paid parking plan for the downtown area.

A final Town Hall is scheduled for February 15th from 6-8 pm in Township Hall.  If you are unable to attend, please send comments on the parking proposal to, and note if you are a business owner, resident or visitor.

Thank you!

First Parking Town Hall

The first of three parking presentations took place on Wednesday January 11th in Township Hall.  Full video of the event is presented below.  The presentation begins at about 5 minutes in, and questions begin at 45 minutes in.

Chagrin Falls Parking Commission Plan Concept – PUBLIC DISCUSSION DRAFT

IMG_4402 2The purpose of this document is to frame a recommended approach to a comprehensive parking plan for Chagrin Falls. This concept is not being offered as a finished product. It is intended as a framework for public discussion and modification by the members of the Parking Commission to develop a final proposal to Village Council. It is expected that multiple changes to this concept may be recommended for very good reasons by the public and/or members of the Commission.

Plan Objectives and Background

The subject of parking is complex with many considerations that argue for a comprehensive approach. However, there is no perfect solution that can please all parties. No sub-issues within the Village parking challenge can be solved perfectly, because many interrelate and there are real constraints. The geography of the Village and its residential “ring” around a commercially dense Village Center limits the practical solutions available to attack this complex problem. Therefore, the objective of a comprehensive parking program should be to structure a plan that is optimized as much as possible across the range of considerations within practical physical and financial constraints. Compromises are unavoidable and it is likely that there will be no one in the Village who will like all elements of any program implemented.

Managing the parking process in the Village has been an identified problem for over 100 years. Newspaper articles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries lamented that the shortage of hitching posts that discouraged people from the countryside from patronizing Village stores.
It is also important to recognize that no program can be viewed as permanent or static. Once implemented, circumstances will change over time, and the actual effects of the changes will be learned and adjustments will be required. It is not possible to predict all of the consequences of a complete program. The core of a comprehensive parking program is managing and changing the parking behaviors of people. We can try to predict the effects of actions taken, but it is highly probable that there will be unpredicted results. It is an expected natural part of the plan that subsequent requirements will be identified and adjustments will have to be implemented. Parking is a dynamic issue that will require dynamic adjustment over time.

The primary objective is to relieve parking congestion during peak periods of routine activity. No practical plan can solve the parking congestion that occurs during major events such as Blossom Festival, Art in the Park and other such events. The reality is that the Village has a concentrated business district that is surrounded by essentially fully developed and occupied real estate. There are no obvious, easy and low cost ways to increase materially the overall public and private parking capacity in close proximity to the central business and historic residential district. Therefore, the intent of this concept is to optimize the use of available parking capacity (public and private) and “incentivize” parking behaviors that can relieve congestion. Longer term options – such as building a sizable parking structure – are discussed and need to remain under consideration as potential future actions. However, such a facility would take years to complete from a practical perspective. This parking concept retains the potential benefits of longer term options, but focuses on actions that can be implemented in the near term and have material impact on the situation within 9-12 months of approval in a final form by Village Council.

The entire report (pdf) is available here to continue reading or download.  

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