Consideration of an ambitious proposal to revamp West Hollywood parking regulations was postponed by the City Council last night until its June 1 meeting.
The proposal, initiated by newly elected Councilmember Lauren Meister with the support of Councilmember John D’Amico, asked for the formation of a Council subcommittee to consider rolling back parking meter enforcement hours in the city’s busiest nightlife areas from midnight to 8 p.m. It included a number of other changes, including implementation of a parking credits program for businesses in the Center City area and reductions in some parking fines and increases in others. It essentially would have rescinded changes made in the parking meter hours that were implemented in September 2013.
Genevieve Morrill, CEO of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, asked that the Council delay acting on the proposals until city staffers could present the results of a study of the impact of the expanded meter hours and the proposal could be reviewed by the Chamber’s Government Action Committee. Morrill also challenges statements in the proposal, saying they seemed to conflict with data assembled by an outside consultant.
The decision to postpone consideration of changes to the parking program was prompted by the lateness of the hour. When it came up on the agenda, the Council already had spent five hours in session, with much of that time devoted to hearing an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a development at 826 N. Kings Rd.