Bucks County Herald

Perkasie revises parking regulations

MELINDA RIZZO

While balancing economic and business development and what is best for residents, Perkasie Borough Council voted 8-0 to approve changes to its decades-old parking ordinance at a regular business meeting May 15.

Councilman Scott Bomboy arrived at the meeting after the vote.

Prompted by concerns in February about inconsistencies in the parking regulations by Perkasie Police Chief Steve Hillias, council opened a public hearing May 1 and continued the meeting until Monday evening.

There was no public comment at the end of the public hearing.

The new ordinance, which has some time restrictions, aims to smooth out parking regulation timing, does not change handicapped parking, and residents who are eligible for handicapped spots should request them from the borough administration, officials said.

Council member Suzanne Kravitz raised concerns about residents being able to park in front of their homes under the new regulations. “I don’t think someone should not be able to park in front of their own home,” Kravitz said. Despite her concerns, Kravitz voted to adopt the new ordinance.

Several public lots, which are free and have no daytime parking restrictions, are available to anyone working or living in the downtown, Borough Manager Andrea Coaxum said.

“From an economic standpoint this would solidify keeping businesses and bringing new business into the borough. It is long overdue,” said Council member Chuck Brooks.

Council President Jim Ryder said property owners who have driveways or garages in which to park have already paid for parking, but those who do not aren’t guaranteed a parking spot in front for their homes.

“There are a lot of municipalities that charge for parking permits, and we are trying not to do that,” Ryder said.
Brooks requested an update within the year, to learn if the new parking restrictions were enforceable and encouraging retail and business trade in the downtown, and if they were causing undue hardships on borough residents, especially those with handicap accessible issues.

For questions, call Perkasie Borough office at 215-257-5065.

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