La Crosse, WI -
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Neighborhood Revitalization Commission is recommending changes in parking on city streets to help reduce commuter parking in residential areas. On Tuesday evening, local residents had an opportunity to react at UW-La Crosse. Many people voiced their strong opposing points against these potential changes.
This past Friday, the commission released an outline of their city parking proposal in hopes of resolving residential parking issues in La Crosse.
The committee has worked on a proposal for the past three months. The committee’s proposal includes:
-No Overnight Parking, 11 p.m.-7 a.m.
-Two-hour parking on all city streets, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.,
-Year-round alternate-side parking
-Two (2) parking permits per household
If residents wish to have a third permit, they would owe the city $50 per year. Drivers who park on any city street for longer than two hours or park on a city street during overnight hours without a permit would be subject to a $30 fine from the city.
“If this goes through, I’m going to really have to consider moving to, I don’t know, Bangor. I like Bangor, Wisconsin, and I’m going to seriously consider moving. I have three nieces and a nephew who come in from out of town. If they want to visit my brother, they live in different cities, they have four cars. What are they supposed to do? Is my brother supposed to tell them ‘You two can come to Christmas and you two can’t’. No, it can’t work this way,” local resident Gary Padesky said.
“If we don’t have enough places for people to park now and make it so no one can park there during the day and we take away half of the parking at night, where do these cars go that are there every night right now? What do we do with them,” La Crosse homeowner Lori Bendel questioned.
The commission is working with the city’s parking board, and have become a “parking work group”. Parking Work Group Spokesperson Sara Sullivan said residential parking issues have been brought to the city’s attention since 1998.
“We’ve heard over and over and over folks are concerned about the commuter parking in their neighborhoods. When you have to work things out, a big group doesn’t do it, you need to have something to present to them, so that’s what our job was—to get something together that we could present to them and before we took it back to those groups, we wanted to have public input,” Sullivan said.
The proposal would discourage long-term commuter parking in hopes of helping relieve congestion in neighborhoods for residents. “Increased sense of security you know that only people that belong in this neighborhood, only people that I know can park there,” Sullivan said.
The plan faces an uphill battle, but Tuesday night’s meeting is the first step in a very long process.
Sullivan said two-hour parking, overnight parking and alternate side parking are among the issues still up for debate within the work group.
Due to overwhelming public opposition, the plan will have to undergo major revisions in order to win city council approval.
The work group will hold at least one more public hearing regarding the city parking proposal:
May 29th: Southside Neighborhood Center 1300 S. 6th Street 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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