Area Plan Commission to Discuss Parking on Franklin St.

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The Area Plan Commission (APC) says it’s going to announce a proposal that would dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to review and obtain a final decision on requests for rezonings, subdivisions, variances, and special use permits.

Area Plan Commission Executive Director Ron London said it currently takes about 90 days from the time a rezoning petition is filed with the APC  for it to be considered by the Evansville City Council or the Vanderburgh County Commissioners for a final vote.

The proposal would reduce the time frame to about 42 days.

Original Story

Some say there’s a squeeze on parking along West Franklin St. but a solution could emerge on Thursday.

The Evansville Area Plan Commission is meeting to hear results of a parking study that may lead to a change in city code.

City Councilman Jonathan Weaver and Council President Missy Mosby have spearheaded the ordinance.

It would essentially relax parking requirements along West Franklin St.

The ordinance would change city requirements that force restaurants and bars to have one parking spot for every three seats to one parking spot for every 400-square-feet.

The Area Plan Commission is tasked with making a recommendation on Thursday to City Council.

Council has already passed the ordinance on first reading.

The Area Plan Commission helps make decisions but their ruling won’t impact the way council ultimately decides to vote.

Weaver is frustrated the ordinance hasn’t already been passed.

He says the Area Plan Commission wanted to wait for results of a traffic study to come back.

“If you drive down, there’s no parking problem on Franklin Street. The problem we have is Evansville requiring too much parking,” says Weaver.

People on both sides are being outspoken on the issue.

Neighbors don’t want crowded streets, but city leaders don’t want to hamper growth.

(This story was originally published on September 14, 2017)

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