A Downtown Investment Authority committee advanced a proposed parking rate increase Jan. 12 for on-street metered parking in areas of the Northbank deemed high-demand.
If approved by the full DIA board, the policy change will establish a defined rate structure for both high-demand and low-demand areas of Downtown, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.
DIA CEO Lori Boyer said the rate changes are not intended to generate more revenue for the city but to discourage all-day use of on-street spaces to increase customer parking availability for restaurants and retailers.
“This is driven to ensure turnover in the spaces so the meters are truly available for the retail businesses and establishments, not being used by employees on a full-time basis in lieu of parking in a garage or an off-street location,” Boyer said.
An expanded version of this story that includes the current rates and recommended rates is at JaxDailyRecord.com.