Parking in downtown Camas. It’s a complicated issue that can draw emotions including frustration, anger and exasperation.
While a handful of businesses are lucky enough to have their own parking lots, the majority of merchants in the downtown core share customer on-street parking limited to two hours, with some areas of 10-minute and 6-hour parking spots as well.
It’s an issue that over the years has come up time and time again. A city-sponsored committee attempted to tackle some of the problems in 2009.
“This animal has been one we have grappled with,” said Councilman Steve Hogan. “It’s kind of like dancing with a bear. Once you start dancing, you don’t get to determine when to stop. It seems the bear does.”
Mayor Scott Higgins said the downtown core has changed in the past four years. It’s not unrealistic to think that some updates to parking could be in order.