To alleviate parking issues generated by Internet sweepstakes cafes, Matthews is considering implementing parking standards for these businesses.
Planning Director Kathi Ingrish gave a presentation to town commissioners during a public hearing on the issue Monday, July 9. Ingrish explained how Internet sweepstakes businesses have a higher intensity parking use than standard retail businesses, since those who play are adults and most drive alone.
According to the motion submitted to the town, the standards would require Internet sweepstakes cafes to set aside one parking space per each gaming station.
Commissioner John Urban worried what the restrictions might mean for businesses that share a shopping center with an Internet sweepstakes facility. Though he saw the logic in making it easier for players to park in these facilities, Urban worries there may be “an emergency situation in a retail center where you jeopardize somebody else.”
The proposal will go to the Planning Board for review on July 24 and commissioners could vote on it Aug. 13.