Category Archives: Parking

Increased parking meter fee on Tuesday’s commission agenda

Faced with year’s of deferred maintenance that the parking program hasn’t been able to afford, the Parking Advisory Commission has recommended several changes that the City Commission will consider Tuesday night. Last fall’s proposal to quadruple meter rates on Central Avenue was essentially dead in the water and the PAC has since revised the proposal. $2 meter rate hike proposal

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Appeals court rules tire chalking unconstitutional for parking enforcement; decision doesn’t impact Great Falls

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled this week that chalking vehicles for parking enforcement is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. So far, the decision does not affect Great Falls or other Montana cities since the 6th Circuit includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Great Falls does chalk vehicles as part of its parking enforcement program

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$2 meter rate hike proposal is dead, parking board recommending more modest increase

The proposal to raise parking meter rates in downtown Great Falls last fall was essentially dead on arrival and the Parking Advisory Commission voted Thursday afternoon to make a more modest increase. They’re planning to take that proposal to a City Commission work session in April, meaning it will be at least May before the commission would take any action

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Process underway to update city land development code

The city’s development processes and requirements are often blasted as impediments to development, but much of the land use code was revised in 2005 as part of a major community effort after continued complaints about the overall appearance of the city. Now, the city is working to update Title 17, the land development code, as staff continues to revise the

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Parking pain: key things to know about the city parking system as meter rate increases, garage repairs considered

Roughly two dozen downtown business owners gathered at Electric City Coffee on Monday to learn about the city’s parking system and the proposed changes, including a meter rate hike. Jeff Patterson, of the city’s Parking Advisory Board, as well as Craig Raymond, city planning director, shared information about the program and answered questions from the group. Board recommends rate hike

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Great Falls parking primer: Challenges, ideas and proposals 2017-2018

During their Dec. 4 work session, City Commissioners will discuss the latest proposal from the Parking Advisory Commission, which includes quadrupling meter rates on Central Avenue. The Electric has been covering parking issues since its launch and will use this as a landing page for all things parking so you can catch up on the maintenance needs, funding challenges and

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Board recommends rate hike for downtown parking meters to fund garage repairs

The city’s parking board voted Monday to recommend that the downtown meters be broken into zones and the rates be quadrupled, tripled and doubled. The Parking Advisory Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the city increase meter rates to $2 on Central Avenue, from the Civic Center to 7th Street; $1.50 on the blocks immediately off Central in that area

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Great Falls parking board recommends taking on debt for downtown parking garage repairs

Changes could be coming to the Great Falls downtown parking system. On Monday, the Parking Advisory Commission voted to recommend that the go into debt to make all repairs to the parking garages, including deferred general maintenance, new lighting, new security cameras and more. The action includes calculating the cost of the deferred maintenance and call for a percentage that

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