Parking app causing concern for Folly Beach officials

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) – Folly Beach city officials are concerned that an app marketing to ease parking problems could do more harm than good.

The app is called “HAH.” It stands for “How About Here?” You download the app, find the city you’re in, and the app will show you who’s offering parking spaces that day, plus how much they’re charging. You can also download the app and start renting out your own spaces.

“We’re trying to figure out if this might encourage property owners to rent out their driveway and then further crowd the parking areas or it may lead to garbage, we don’t know,” said Spencer Wetmore, City Administrator.

Under the current ordinance, you could use the app to rent out spaces in your own lot if you’re in a commercial zone. For example, if a restaurant along Center Street has a parking lot in the back, they could rent out spaces.

“It would be illegal to use on your private property, certainly you couldn’t rent out the public right of way, but if your property were zoned commercially it would be legal for you to use this app, however that is the question for city council to discuss,” Wetmore said.

The question is whether or not the app should be made illegal in commercial districts as well. It’s already is in residential zones, which don’t allow commercial parking.

“The biggest concern is that people would, instead of using their own driveway that was required when they built their house, they would take up valuable right of way space so that they could rent or sell the parking space in their house,” Wetmore said.

The August 14th meeting only includes a discussion of the app. No action is scheduled to be taken.

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