By DON STINE
The final touches are being put on an Ocean Grove parking study and the results will be presented to the public in the near future.
“We will have the presentation in time so that the results will impact this summer’s parking.” Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association President Michael Badger said earlier this week.
He said the Camp Meeting Association would prefer to present the results in a public format but, if that is not possible, then a virtual zoom-type meeting is the other option.
Badger said the CMA is “following protocol” and involving and working with township and community leaders while the final touches are being put on the plan.
The issue of charging stations for electric cars being installed in the township, including Ocean Grove, was brought up at Monday’s Township Committee meeting but Badger said he does not believe that aspect is covered in the parking study. Another issue would be where to put the charging stations in an already overcrowded parking situation in Ocean Grove.
The parking study, funded by the OGCMA, went forward over the summer even though the Covid-19 pandemic was having an effect on tourism as well as residents. As part of the survey, public comment sessions were held for input. Comments reflect past and current experiences with parking in the densely populated district.
The national firm Kimley-Horn, with local offices in Princeton and Hoboken, was hired to conduct the study and will identify issues and develop workable parking options informed by field observation and industry best practices.