May 2 meeting latest in rollout effort
seeking public input, sharing information on issue
RAPID CITY, SD--The City is hosting an information meeting on proposed ordinance changes to downtown parking, the latest in a series of public information and feedback sessions on downtown parking in the past two years. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 2 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Third Floor East Conference Room.
The public is invited to the meeting, which is hosted by the City's Department of Community Development.
"Proposed ordinance changes are currently moving through the City Council and these information sessions are the latest opportunity to share specifics about the proposed ordinance and ordinance revisions and to address questions from the public and business community," said Sarah Hanzel, City Long-Range Planner.
The City has been reviewing and exploring options to modernize and bring improvements and upgrades to the City's outdated parking permit and meter system. The proposed ordinance comes after a lengthy consultative and review process over the past two years which has included several public open houses, presentations and a three-month pilot project.
"The ordinance under Council review has come in response to long-standing complaints and concerns about too few available parking spaces in the downtown core, employees and residents using valuable customer parking and other issues," said Mayor Steve Allender. " In addition, with the long-term city plans calling for 'housing everywhere' and a rising interest in downtown living, it is critical we understand our parking capacity and use it in the most efficient manner. Our old thinking and practices are not compatible with a changing and expanding downtown."
Anyone with questions should contact the Community Development Department at 394-4120.
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
T: 605.721.6686 | M: 605.939.8551