Council to consider minimum off-street parking ordinance

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Town Council and the Planning Commission held a joint public meeting Tuesday to recommend an amendment to the minimum off-street parking ordinance.

The proposed new ordinance would require one parking space per 250 square feet of retail or wholesale floor space in a building that is open to the public. The old ordinance required one parking space per 100 square feet of floor space.

Mayor Daniel Harshman said the proposed amendment would not affect current buildings or buildings in the Historic District as it is included in another section of the ordinance. The new recommendations would only affect new buildings.

He added that this process of examining the old requirements was brought on when the soon-to-be constructed Dollar General asked for 30 parking spaces, but the town ordinance would have required a minimum of 73 spaces. With the new requirements, this number is brought down to 30.

The Planning Commission approved the recommendation and passed it on to Town Council for consideration at its next meeting.

In regard to Dollar General, the commission created a list of recommendations for the developers to enhance aesthetics of the building.

These recommendations include using brick on the front of the building in a color that blends with the surrounding buildings as well as adding a covered entryway.

The next Town Council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

The next Planning Commission meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or