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Hearing Set To Expand Permit Parking In University District

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A public hearing is set on a city proposal that's bringing light to a controversial topic; residential permit parking in the University District.

The proposal would only require a parking permit for half of the 1800 block of Mansfield Avenue. Still, some residents in the university area said enough is enough when it comes to permit parking.

With a university full of students, Missoula City Council member, Alex Taft, said Missoula is seeing a higher demand for parking in the University District.

"People will be seeking to have a preference for residents, and we're allowed to do that," Taft said.

To help residents near the university park in front of their homes, the city created a program that requires a permit to park on streets in the area. Only residents can buy those permits.

"On Mansfield right now, the program stops half way through the block," Taft said.

Two homes in the 1800 block of Mansfield Avenue lay just outside that boundary. With all the students in the area, the residents of those homes are running into a problem.

"They would like to get into the program, because they find it difficult to park in front of their house, or have visitors come see them," Taft said.

Taft is now proposing the city adds half a block of Mansfield, from Beverly to Woodsworth, to the program. Some people living in the area say the residential permits only make it harder for people to park in front of their own homes.

"Each resident should have a place to park in front of their own house without having to pay $35 dollars for it," said University District resident, Harriet Eichenholz, who refuses to pay for a parking permit. "I had someone deliver a refrigerator, and that delivery truck got a ticket."

Now city council has set a public hearing where you can join in on the debate. The hearing is set for November 18. City counselors said if there's not a lot of opposition to the ordinance, it will most likely pass on November 25.

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