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A2 Council Again Delays Decision on Parking Meter Removal Policy

Dec 17, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council has once more postponed a decision on a policy to charge developers for the removal of on-street parking meters.   Some fine tuning is expected before council votes on a policy to charge developers $45,000 if their project leads to the removal of on-street parking meters.
The proposed policy was developed by the Downtown Development Authority in response to a growing number of parking meters being removed.

The delay comes as council wants clear language to ensure the funds are kept to be used for future construction of parking spaces or possibly other capital projects.  The DDA's operation committee will review council's concern and possibly provide revised language in the policy proposal.

Council member Mike Anglin also raised concerns that he would like to see the possibility of increased handicapped parking downtown.

The original policy waives the fee for parking meter removal if it's deemed to be in an overall benefit for the city.