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Parking Time Limits May Change in Downtown Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.--If you drive down Yakima Avenue a lot, you may see some parking changes soon.

A proposed ordinance would change the parking time limit between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.

Currently, the parking time limit is two hours. Business owners we spoke with said that doesn't free up enough parking to keep a high turnover rate.

Businesses originally asked the city to reduce the time limit to 30 minutes, but council said they don't have enough personnel to enforce that short of a time period. Instead, the city said they're proposing to reduce the time limit to one hour.

"It takes our traffic enforcement officer about 45 minutes to cover the whole downtown so we couldn't keep up with a 30 minute standard," said City Manager Tony O'Rourke. "But we think an hour should be sufficient."

The owner of Han's Tailoring said she'd be happy with reducing it to one hour. Other businesses that would be affected by these changes include a tattoo parlor, a dress shop, and a Taco Time restaurant.

If the city passes the ordinance during Tuesday night's council meeting, it will become effective immediately.