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Downtown Sandys parking problem: Is it real?

The city of Sandy, under the watchful eye of new Associate Planner Kelly O'Neill, is studying a perceived parking issue in the downtown core.

Because the Sandy City Council has set the issue as one of its goals, O'Neill is conducting a survey to gain local residents' views as well as counting parking spaces and vehicles using them.

'As part of the parking study,' O'Neill said, 'a short survey will be circulated to the public to gain a better understanding of parking issues.'

The survey, O'Neill said, attempts to get feedback about people's views on the problem - that is, if people view it as a problem.

In addition, over the next few months city staff will walk around downtown and do parking counts to collect information on parking availability.

'We'll be counting all the parking spaces, handicapped parking, bike parking and where all the driveways are located,' he said. 'Then we'll do parking counts. We'll go out there and physically count (vehicles) on different days and at different times.

'That will give us information on: if there is a parking problem or what people perceive is the parking problem. Maybe it's just a mismanagement problem or maybe we just don't indicate where the public parking spaces are at.'

The survey is available until Aug. 1 and takes only a few minutes to complete. The survey is available on the city website at ci.sandy.or.us or the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce website at sandyoregonchamber.org.

The survey also is available at many downtown locations such as City Hall, Sandy Public Library, Community Center, Chamber of Commerce, Historical Museum, Sandy Community Action Center, Otto's Ski Shop, Dita's Chocolates, and Mountain Moka of Oregon.

For more information, contact O'Neill at 503-489-2163 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..