West Franklin Street parking was supposed to up for debate Thursday, but the discussion before the Area Planning Commission was tabled.
Some Evansville leaders want to see business boon in the west side neighborhood, but others say there’s not enough room to park.
Some say there’s a parking problem on Franklin – but how that’s defined depends on who you ask. A change in city code could relax parking requirements. Either way, some clarity on the issue may come out of the APC.
They are waiting on results of a parking study that may lead to an overlay zone. Right now, the city makes restaurants and bars have 1 parking spot for every 3 seats. That could change on West Franklin Street to 1 parking spot for every 400 square feet.
People on both sides of the parking issue have been outspoken. Neighbors don’t want crowded streets, but city leaders don’t want to hamper growth.
City Councilman Jonathan Weaver (D – At-Large) is a co-sponsor of the ordinance. He is frustrated it hasn’t already been passed.
“[The APC] interprets it in a non-taxpayer friendly way,” Weaver says. He puts blame on the board for dragging its feet. “The problem is Area Plan,” he says.
Council has already passed the ordinance on first reading. APC helps make decisions but their ruling won’t impact the way Council ultimately decides to vote.