ROCKLAND — The City of Rockland will host a public forum to discuss downtown parking perceptions, issues, and concerns for consideration within the Downtown Rockland Parking Study.

The Public Forum will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the City Council Chambers, Rockland City Hall, 270 Pleasant St.

All members of the public, including those that live, work, shop, or visit downtown Rockland are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the Forum. The forum format is intended to be both interactive and collaborative. Information and mapping will be provided to define the study objectives, identify the study area, outline the scope of services, and illustrate the current parking inventory, regulations, and on- and off-street parking utilization downtown.

The City has contracted with John Burke, a parking and transit consultant, to conduct the study. Mr. Burke is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maine, and Certified Administrator of Public Parking through the International Parking & Mobility Institute. He has served as a Parking and Transportation Director for multiple cities and has prepared parking management plans for several coastal communities in New England including Bar Harbor and Camden, Maine, Newburyport and Plymouth, Mass., Portsmouth, N.H. and others.

The City retained the consultant to study downtown parking operations, evaluate parking supply & demand, and recommend changes to parking regulations, policies, and management strategies — that could include paid parking — for the purpose of improving overall downtown parking conditions.

“It is critically important we hear from stakeholders and users of our downtown parking system about their parking concerns and needs to better inform the study process and final product,” said City Manager Tom Luttrell.

For more information, please contact Rhett Lamb, City Planner, at 594-0308.