Parking Restraints Might Be Abolished

BAR HARBOR — Most off-street parking requirements downtown would be eliminated under a land use rule change set to go to town meeting voters this spring.

Under the new rules, restaurants, taverns, retail shops and museums would no longer be required to provide off-street parking spaces. Professional offices, medical clinics and the hospital would still be required to provide parking for both employees and patrons.

“It is very usual and normal in your core business district … to have parking not be required,” town planner Anne Krieg said. Ms. Krieg wrote the proposed new ordinance and has presented it to both the town council and the planning board. Neither body took issue with the proposed changes.

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