On September 4th, Maynard’s pilot program of allowing free parking at meters and testing a time-based enforcement model will end and regular use of meters will resume. The pilot was triggered by the recent completion of a Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) study of parking available to support businesses in Maynard’s Central Business District. The study documents that the town has adequate parking spaces but needs to improve many elements of how they are utilized, including meter functionality, enforcement, signage, loading zones and use of remote municipal lots.
The pilot reaffirmed a number of points raised in the study, such as the need for clarity in parking instructions, improved signage reflecting additional parking options and the tendency of some local business employees to park on street all day, thereby using spaces which would otherwise be available to customers. Additionally, the pilot confirmed that enforcement with meters is more cost effective than the labor-intensive process of recording which vehicles have been in specific spots beyond the time limit.
A subcommittee of Maynard’s Economic Development Committee, working with the Maynard Police Department, has begun a review process which is expected to result in recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for a comprehensive parking management program including not only metered locations, but all parking spaces available to support business in the Central Business District. The program will also include assumptions about future development patterns based on the work of the Master Plan Steering Committee.
For additional information contact Town Planner Bill Nemser at 978-897-1302 or [email protected]