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With the pandemic easing and a real concern about parking downtown, the permanent program is being put on hold

Creating a permanent parklet program in Canby isn't going to happen in the near future.

The program, which is in a temporary phase now until 2023, would allow downtown businesses to create additional seating elements in parking spaces attached to their businesses.

In a joint work session with the Planning Commission and the City Council on Sept. 21, the consensus among those involved was that a permanent program wasn't needed and that there still was+ a host of issues related to parking, property owners and neighboring businesses that would need to be fleshed out before something like this could be successfully created.

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City planning staff delivered a presentation to give an update on the permanent parklet plan. The city already has the Open-Air Canby program, as well as the temporary parklet program, both of which go through May 2023.

However, with the pandemic easing enough for people to mingle in stores and restaurants in a fair amount of comfort and the realization that Canby's downtown parking situation doesn't have a lot of wiggle room, city councilors and planning commission members expressed their feelings that a permanent program wasn't needed now, and that city staff time could be better used on other, more pressing projects.

Planning Commissioner Don Ewert said he agreed with that sentiment, saying "I drove at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. down First, Second, Third and Fourth (avenues). I think my count was between eight and 10 empty parking spots in total at those times. We can't afford this. This is just not a good plan for our little town."

Fellow commissioner Matt Ellison said he was ready to shelve the permanent parklet plan, stating "I'm all for moving on. I'd love to see us spend some time fixing parks up, fixing some roads around the city that really need fixing. This is just not on that priority list for me."

While the permanent program was going to be put on the shelf, several attendees noted that they would still like to see if there would be any interest in the program in the future and that the data collected up to this point be saved as it might prove useful down the road.


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