November 2018 November 2018 - Page 41

wants to provide rides from both the Pennington and Liberty Street parking lots to eating and drink- ing establishments in the downtown, according to Renee LaFollette, director of the Capital Projects and Public Works Department. Any change to the Zoning Ordinance would require that the streets where golf carts would be allowed to travel be explicitly listed. While a majority of the council voiced support for initiating an ordinance change Tuesday night, after this paper’s dead- line, some, including Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, urged more public and business outreach and input on the subject. Fox said that the Cartwheels service could be a part of the solution for the parking problem that plagues downtown, by offering downtown visitors an opportunity to park a bit outside the more high- ly-trafficked areas of the downtown but with safe pick-ups and drop-offs. Mayor Kelly Burk agreed, and pointed to other cities and towns throughout the nation which already have similar successful business models in place. “I think this would be a lost opportunity if we decide this is something we didn’t want to do,” she said. Councilman Tom Dunn, however, said he was not supportive of the idea. “There’s an issue of being business friendly and an issue of being friendly to businesses that are friendly to us,” he said, explain- ing that allowing golf cart operations on downtown streets could exacerbate an already big problem down- town—traffic congestion. Even if the council supports the ordinance initiation tonight, it would be far from a done deal. Public hearings before both the Planning Commission and Town Council would need to be scheduled, with the matter coming back to the council for a final vote. Contact Cartwheels Leesburg, VA www.cartwheelsva.net NOVEMBER 2018 41