Opinion: Incline Village has a parking problem
There is a problem all over Incline Village that TRPA is not working on, and that is parking. As a property manager for the middle-class, I’ve seen issues with parking have grown these last few months, especially around Southwood and Oriole.
When I talked with an employee of Washoe County Roads, he told me the department made the ditches deeper on Oriole because of standing water that breeds mosquitoes, and that there’s nothing they could do.
I’m sorry, the last time I checked, this is not Minnesota. With my experience up here, water evaporates very quickly. To me, that excuse is ridiculous.
I understand TRPA’s issue with parking on dirt, but when TRPA says paving more ground is impossible and offer no solution, this is forcing Incline residents and guests to park on dirt.
Students of SNC are constantly complaining about their parking issues, and some are forced to park on side streets and on dirt. If we had snow, the college on the weekend is overrun with skiers trying to get the shuttle.
Along Highway 28 to Sand Harbor is terrible. Making people bus from Incline to get to the beach, especially when the majority of the time the bus is empty, is not a practical plan.
Incline Beach has two large parking areas used for boat trailer parking only. These boat people probably aren’t using the beach, and most likely don’t live here. With little parking inside the gate, people are forced to find alternate parking. This consists of parking in ditches and jumping the curb to park on Village.
Southwood and Oriole have several complexes in the area that need extra parking, with he Incline Apartments being only one of them.
They were built in the late 60s when TRPA was not around and most individuals had one income earner with one car, and parking on dirt was not an issue. Currently there are 75 units and only 80 parking stalls.
Here are some potential solutions: Incline Beach, take away one or both boat trailer parking so it can be used for people who use the beach. For everywhere else, design parking on the side of roads, and dig the ditch further in. If we can’t do pavement then please let people park on dirt.
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