CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The City of Charleston is expected to release the results of a new parking study Tuesday.
Leaders with the city hired a group of researchers to examine the current parking situation and make some recommendations for the future.
While officials say Charleston’s parking situation really hasn’t changed in decades, this report could lead to the first parking system updates in 20 years.
The big concern is population growth.
The population in the Charleston metro area is growing three-times faster than the national average. Every day about 45 people move to the area.
Over the next 15 years the population could nearly double, putting a strain on a number of resources, including parking.
Right now, about 80-percent of the downtown workforce commutes from somewhere else.
In addition to new recommendations for parking, researchers are also expected to provide input on public transportation.
Tuesday night, the city is hosting an open house to go over the preliminary findings and to get some feedback from residents.
Mayor John Tecklenburg says it’s important to hear from residents before final decisions are made. He says parking is a key component of the city’s transportation and quality of life strategy.
The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clemson Design Center on East Bay Street.