Colorful parking plans proposed to fix issues

Andy Hsiao Chung, Opinions Editor

Student committee chairman Allen Skoranski presented a new parking plan Oct. 29 to the student senators.

The plan was tabled at the senate meeting, which was what Skoranski said he planned, hoping for future discussion and debate to improve the draft.

According to the proposal, the parking lot adjacent to Biddle Hall is to split into faculty and Willow Hall resident parking.

Aside from Biddle Hall, faculty members are to park behind Krebs Hall, behind the Engineering and Science Building and designated spots along Student Union Drive.

Freshmen parking is to be located behind Maple Hall. The parking lots along Kunk’s Drive and beside the Wellness Center is to be general parking, where commuters are allowed to park.

The parking lot along Student Union Drive, as well as the lower and upper parking lot in front of the townhouses and North Lodges is to be reserved for its residents only.

South Lodges residents are to park in the 22 spots adjacent to the South Lodges. Guests and visitors are to park only in general parking areas, unless they are given a designated spot by administrators.

The new proposal, which would change drastically where different residents could park, also introduces new rules.

A color system, with seven colors in total would be designed for students based on their residency as well as faculty members.

The proposal also included a code system—which is represented in shapes—that would serve along the color system and signs to help drivers determine whether they are parked in the right location.

Skoranski said he came up with the color system after he had surveyed other universities’ parking plans.

“A prime example was the University of Miami,” Skoranski said. “They color code buildings and lots so you know where you are allowed to park.

“We believe this was a good system because it clearly marked where students were, and were not allowed to park. It was also easy to use and understand.”

A point system was also included that would give a driver three chances, if he or she had not purchased a parking pass, before being towed or demobilized by a wheel boot lock.

“My overall expectation for (the proposal) is that there is only so much parking on campus,” Skoranski said. “We cannot physically add more as a student government, so our goal was to organize and restructure the current parking situation.

“With our current system it’s a free-for-all that punishes the students who get a parking pass and lets those who do not get to park for free.

“The plan was to go after the people who are not registering vehicles and to keep people in the sections they are designated to park.”