FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2023
City of Kingston Accepting Applications for a Parking Task Force
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Kingston Common Council President Andrea Shaut are pleased to announce the formation of a Parking Task Force.
The mission of the Parking Task Force will be to gather community input regarding parking issues in the City of Kingston including, but not limited to, the business districts and during Snow Emergencies. As the City of Kingston has recently passed a new form-based zoning code which will increase local housing stock, the task force will evaluate how to utilize existing parking resources. The task force will work toward a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a comprehensive parking management study.
Council President Andrea Shaut said, “While the Common Council was deliberating the form-based code, parking issues arose within conversations amongst us, as well as with constituents. Although the concerns are not new, it is timely to address them during this period of change. As the City does not have experts in the field on staff, it is essential that our approach includes not only proper expertise that will deliver high-quality solutions and ideas that will help the City shape the decisions but do so in a comprehensive manner. The City must consider so many different aspects of parking – the business districts, Snow Emergencies, the increased housing stock, to name a few – which is why we are requesting community members to help shape this idea. It is our hope that folks from all walks of life will participate and share the knowledge that they have gained through their own personal experiences and provide different perspectives that will build a solid foundation for this plan. Personally, I am always grateful for the vast knowledge coming from the folks of Kingston and look forward to working with this new group.”
Mayor Noble said, “I look forward to a wide variety of applicants interested in helping us build the best RFP to find the right firm to help creatively plan for our parking future. Parking is a complicated subject and including members of our community in the process, I believe, will help us come up with the best solutions.”
Membership will consist of nine community members who live and/or work in the City of Kingston, including representatives of groups or institutions. While the focus is on residents, applications from individuals with significant ties to Kingston who are committed to equitable and sustainable economic growth may also be considered. The Parking Task Force is expected to meet periodically over 12 months.
Applications for joining the task force can be found here. The deadline for applying is Friday, September 1, 2023.
More about the City of Kingston’s new form-based zoning code at https://engagekingston.com/kingston-forward.