As the community and Seattle officials gather Wednesday at City Hall for a public “Park Smart” forum to discuss how best to manage parking in “dense urban areas,” a group of Seattle business organizations has called for a delay in implementation of a slate of changes proposed for parking laws including paid parking being extended to 8 PM and a jump in rates in the parts of the city where parking spaces are in highest demand.
In a letter from organizations including the Downtown Seattle Association, the Greater Seattle Business Association, the First Hill Improvement Association and 12 other Seattle commerce groups, representatives are requesting that the Mayor and City Council work to delay implementation of 2011 parking meter rate increases around the Seattle area. The group says its member are concerned over the effect rate increases will have on foot traffic and area businesses. We’ve attached a copy of the full letter to this post.
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is not included on the roster of groups calling for the delay. We’ll follow up with the chamber to find out where they stand if the call for a delay progresses.
The new rate is planned to be $3 an hour for Capitol Hill’s paid parking zones. The new hours and rates were scheduled to begin February 1st. We’ve posted maps of Capitol Hill’s parking zones here.