Emerson council postpones parking vote
by Jason Lowrey
Feb 14, 2013 | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Any decision on Emerson’s proposed minimum parking regulations will be delayed until the council’s next meeting.

During the council’s regular Feb. 11 meeting, council member Brenda Tidwell said she was unable to read over the parking regulations, as she had been sick, and she wanted to review the document before voting on it.

Mayor Al Pallone, Ed Brush and Tidwell voted in favor of postponing the vote. Charles Lowry and Terry Webb voted against postponement.

The parking regulations, which received their second reading during the meeting, are the city’s first minimum parking requirements, Assistant City Manager Todd Heath said.

“We didn’t have any parking regulations as far as minimum parking requirements, and it’s quite common in a community to have certain standards for parking, like when development comes in. It’s X amount of parking spaces per square footage or per bedroom, or what have you. So we’re trying to update the regulations,” he said.

Businesses already operating within the city limits would be grandfathered into the requirements through a non-conforming status, Heath added.

New developments, such as the LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center, prodded Emerson to put in minimum parking requirements. Under the city’s present law, Heath said, a business could technically put in as many or as few parking spaces as it wanted.

“With the new development that’s coming through there’s a lot of questions being asked. It was one of those things we hadn’t considered in the past,” Heath said. “We had a parking standard in how to develop a parking lot or how a parking lot should be laid out, but no requirements like minimum amount.”

The council also approved its short-term work plan, which lists projects the city would like to complete over the next five years. The list, which was unavailable as of press time, is submitted to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and the state.

The Emerson City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at city hall.