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Council approves public consultation to improve downtown parking

After receiving input from downtown business owners, Lacombe City council approved a public consultation process targeting parking improvements in the downtown core.

The City often receives requests for more parking downtown, noted a release.

While some requests cannot be accommodated due to space limitations, site lines and other considerations, the City does look to advance adequate access and to work with businesses whenever possible.

Administration evaluated improvements to two areas which will add an estimated 25 new

parking stalls downtown:

• The public parking lot at 5026 49 St. (eight more parking stalls)

• On-street parking along 49B Ave. (17 more parking stalls)

“Council has always looked to prioritize our vibrant and historic downtown through a variety of initiatives,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “This consultation process will help ensure the core is accessible, properly serviced, and convenient for all our residents.”

City administration will seek feedback from the businesses, landowners adjacent to these parking areas, and the public before returning to council for a parking lot reconfiguration decision.

The City will notify businesses and landowners within 60m of the proposed properties through direct letters and an invitation to participate in a survey. The general public will also have an opportunity to take the survey, which will be shared on the City’s social media channels and Lacombe.ca.

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