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Fairview parking ordinance still stalled

Parking issues in Fairview are still up in the air after the Wednesday, July 15, City Council meeting.

In presenting the city-wide parking regulations to council, Police Chief Ken Johnson explained that the police department received many parking complaints over the years for issues such as congested roadways, line-of-sight issues and inconsistent parking regulations. The Public Works Director and Johnson conducted a parking study more than a year ago and proposed regulations for curb markings and signage and citywide parking regulations. OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - On-street parking restrictions in Fairview Village (shown above at Fairview City Hall) and other parts of Fairview currently are under discussion by the Fairview City Council.

The decision was not without controversy. Councilor Steve Prom supported proposed changes on Sandy Boulevard and took issue with potential parking changes in Fairview Village.

“I think the village is already short on parking,” he said. “I think losing five feet in front of each alleyway entrance is losing half a car length, which could limit parking in that area. We are not helping our businesses. Our businesses cannot survive by having only customers that can walk to their location. Cars are still an important part of American culture, and I think we are unnecessarily restricting parking in the city.

“I think there needs to be a solution,” he added, “including potentially the city trying to purchase private parking lots within the village. So I would be in favor of this amendment if all the revisions related to the village were striked.”

Mayor Ted Tosterud agreed with Prom and made a motion to postpone the second reading of the motion until they had a work session to change the parking ordinances. The council passed parts of the ordinance dealing with Sandy Boulevard, but are dealing with the rest in a work session.

“We’ve heard from several neighborhood associations, the ones mostly on Sandy Boulevard, they’re very in favor of these parking regulations,” Prom said. “I think these new amendments are very good.”

Here are the approved changes to the Fairview parking rules:

-No parking on the north side of Sandy from Fairview Parkway to Blossom Hill Drive

-No parking on the north side of Sandy within 100 feet east of Blossom Hill Drive

-Passenger car parking only on the north side of Sandy from 100 feet east of Blossom Hill Drive for 518 feet

-No parking on the north side of Sandy within 100 feet west of Arbor Crest Drive

-No parking on the north side of Sandy within 100 feet east of Arbor Crest Drive

-Passenger car parking only on the north side of Sandy from 100 feet east of Arbor Crest Drive for 570 feet

-No parking on the north side of Sandy from 670 feet east of Arbor Crest Drive to Northeast 223rd Avenue