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Study feeds meter on city parking limit

A plan to remove a two-hour parking limit on some downtown Beaverton lots might not find a good spot for the next few months.

A consultant's study on parking all over downtown could muscle the proposed time limit change out of the way until sometime early next year.

Beaverton's Traffic Commission was set to discuss again tonight a proposal to drop the time limit on 153 spaces in five small city lots. But, the plan could run into a snag because of the consultant's study.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 4755 S.W. Giffith Drive. The downtown parking limit is one of three public hearings on the commission agenda.

City Traffic Engineer Randy Wooley is recommending that the commission table the plan until the consultant's study is completed, possibly in the spring.

Rob Pochert, the city's economic development program manager, said a consultant is looking at all kinds of issues about downtown Beaverton, including the parking situation.

The study should be finished in February, with recommendations going to the City Council in March.

For about two decades, the city has imposed a two-hour limit on most of its downtown parking lots, and required parking permits for some areas where employees of local businesses park all day on city streets.

City officials were mostly worried that commuters would fill up downtown streets and parking lots, leaving no place for customers of downtown businesses to park.

Traffic commissioners first discussed the possible change in June when they received a letter from Jay Stanich of the Beaverton Post Office asking that the city lift the two-hour limit on parking lots near the post office so nearly five dozen employees wouldn't have to park so far away.

Commissioners discussed the proposal in July. They haven't made a decision on the proposal.

Changing the parking limit would require approval by the Traffic Commission and the City Council.