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Parking district ordinance one step closer to final approval after council OK’s 2nd reading

Council members discussing the parking district ordinance.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An ordinance allowing a parking administration manager to set on-street parking zones and “reasonable on-street parking rates” moved one step closer to final approval Monday.

The Cheyenne City Council approved the ordinance on second reading during its regular session Monday evening. The reason to establish such districts is “to positively influence parking behavior, prioritizing customer and visitor parking while emphasizing off-street options for longer-term parkers, such as business employees and city residents,” the ordinance states.

During the meeting, Matthew Hanger, owner of the Nettford apartment complex, asked the council what would happen for his and other people’s businesses’ parking places.

“Right now we are establishing the framework,” Mayor Patrick Collins said. “If the governing body were to establish a district, then at that time there will be a lot of effort to reach out to everybody.” 

Matthew Hanger asking a question before the council.
Matthew Hanger, owner of the Nettford apartment complex, addresses the Cheyenne City Council on July 8, 2024, during the second reading of an ordinance to establish a parking district. (YouTube screenshot)

Ward III Councilmember Michelle Aldrich attempted an amendment that would have expanded the length of the district; however, it was voted down.

The ordinance currently exempts parking rules for public holidays and Sundays in the designated zones. Additional exceptions will be made to these zones depending on events and local business, the council said. 

Anyone who has parked a vehicle in a paid on-street parking zone and has gone over the time will face a fine if the ordinance is read and approved for the third time.

If approved, the law will be effective 30 days later.