Category Archives: Parking

$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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City revising section of code dealing with vehicles and traffic

City staff have been continuing their effort to update the municipal code. Up next, Title 10. That section of the city code pertains to vehicles and traffic and most of the updates proposed by staff are non-substantive but some are substantive changes. During the Aug. 21 work session, Assistant City Attorney Joe Cik walked City Commissioners through the proposed changes.

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Parking discussions have been similar for years, some action might be taken this fall

When Mayor Bob Kelly took office in January 2016, he tasked the Parking Advisory with developing a roadmap to solutions. Since then, little has changed. The PAC has been working with the city’s parking contractor, SP+, to develop a strategic framework and financial plan. The City Commission approved a contract for that effort last summer and the PAC started their

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