CAMDEN — Public input is being sought for a downtown parking management study being conducted for the town of Camden.

The public is invited to participate in a meeting led by John Burke, parking and transit consultant, Thursday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the John French Conference Room. The meeting can be attended in person or remotely.

Burke will seek input from members of the public on the scope and guiding principles of the study.

He will present information he has gathered from stakeholder interviews, share data he has collected on parking in Camden, and preliminary findings from the data.

The study began in July and looks at the area within a quarter-mile, or a five-minute walk, of downtown Camden.

Burke has completed a parking inventory and peak-season occupancy survey, as well as interviews with a dozen stakeholders, according to Town Manager Audra Caler.

The inventory looked at parking spaces on the streets and spaces in public and private lots, to identify the number and types of spaces, such as on or off-street, 2-hour or 15-minute limit, and public or private.

The survey of parking space occupancy took place during peak demand times this summer to establish weekday and Saturday patterns. This survey is intended to produce data on both occupancy and the percentage spaces are used, and will include all public spaces as well as key private and institutional lots where general purpose public parking is allowed, according to Burke’s scope of work.

Caler said Burke will come back in November to do an occupancy survey for the shoulder season.

An advisory group, formed to assist with the study, met for the first time July 30, and will meet again Sept. 29. The meeting will be livestreamed on the town of Camden’s YouTube channel.

Members of the advisory group include Police Chief Randy Gagne, Public Works Director Dave St Laurent, Planning and Development Director Jeremey Martin, former Select Board member Jenna Lookner, current Select Board member Sophie Romana, owner of French & Brawn, Todd Anderson, hotel owner and developer, Tyler Smith, Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Peaco, Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee member, Leamon Scott and Police Officer Scott Entwistle.

The advisory committee is tasked with developing guiding principles for the study, reviewing and providing input on new information Burke collects from stakeholder interviews and the parking inventory, and all other aspects of the study, including preliminary and proposed recommendations.

The information needed to attend the meeting via Zoom is as follows:; Meeting ID: 838 1943 6844; Passcode: 165846.

For instructions on dialing into the Zoom meeting, and for those unable to attend, who want to submit questions prior to the meeting, email or call 207-236-3353 ext. 7101.