SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough is expected to amend its parking ordinance to extend time limits for parking on Main Street and off-street municipal lots, but not before the public has an opportunity to provide input.
The Somerville Parking Task Force will hold a meeting from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 in council chambers at police headquarters, 24 So. Bridge St., regarding the proposed changes.
The borough council is expected to vote on the amended parking ordinance at its meeting the following Monday, Feb. 20.
Mayor Brian Gallagher said the revisions are designed to expand the time limits beyond the traditional demands of the 9-5 retail market and the workday requirements of county employees and others who work here to reflect the evolving nature of the downtown district which continues to attract more restaurants and entertainment venues that operate later in the evenings and on weekends.
Metered parking on Main Street is now limited to a maximum of two hours; the proposed changes would extend the time period to three hours, with the exception of the east side of Division Street, where the 12-minute limit will be maintained in the vicinity of the US Post Office.
The proposed changes would lift all time limits for parking in municipal parking lots 1,2,4,6 & 7.
There are 1,100 metered parking spaces throughout the borough.
New parking rates that went into effect Nov. 1 will remain the same.
“When we began the process we talked about a continuing discussion to fine tune the regulations over time,” said Mayor Brian Gallagher. “These meetings won’t stop, they’ll continue as the committee fields issues as they come up.”