The ideas for improvements to the village of Penn Yan’s circulation, accessibility and parking do not call for immediate addition of more parking. But the consultants who are reviewing the village’s current parking issues say a five-step approach will help the village better use its existing parking supply.
During a presentation of their findings so far, representatives from Ingalls Planning & Design explained building new parking spaces should not be planned until the existing parking is better used.
“The village has a parking problem, but adding to the supply of parking is not necessarily the optimal solution and it doesn’t provide a long term fix,” according to the consultant’s display.
Three areas may be considered for additional parking: Jacobs Street, Wagener Street, and Seneca Street. But first, other steps should be taken, they say.
Those steps include pursuing pedestrian and bike-friendly programs; encouraging people to substitute walking and biking for vehicle trips; share parking; incentivize walking, biking, or parking farther away, reward people for using shared lots and spaces that are farther away; limit parking by time; set a price that ensures 85% occupancy at all times and use revenues to improve lots and streets.
Parking is just one of the issues the consultants are studying, and while they did get some feedback during the meeting last week, they look forward to learning more from village residents and business people after the draft plan is complete.
Other draft recommendations presented include:
• Improvements to the intersections of Lake and Liberty Streets, Water and Liberty, and Elm and Liberty. Improvements would include changes to pedestrian crosswalks and changes to signals and lanes.
• Crosswalk enhancements with rapid flashing beacons, curb extensions, and more visible striping
• Comprehensive wayfinding system to identify parking areas, downtown shopping district, cultural & historic sites, Keuka Outlet access sites, and parks
• New streetscape elements to improve safety, comfort, and usefulness such as crosswalk at Monell and Lake, street trees on both sides of Lake Street, improved signage and buildings that front closer to the street. Other recommendations include benches, trash receptacles, and bike racks in strategic locations, create a walking and biking culture.
After comments from the Nov. 7 meeting are taken into consideration, the draft plan will be updated, and a copy will be posted on the village’s website for further public review and comment.
The final plan will be presented to the village by the end of the year.