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Parking on city agenda

1/8/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Hays City Commission will vote on an ordinance to modernize parking regulations during its 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday at city hall.

The measure will give city staff flexibility to allow a building to install fewer parking spaces if it is deemed appropriate. Current rules determine allocation by the site's size, and the proposed changes would allow occupancy to be considered.

The issue is under scrutiny now because the city identified the regulations as possibly "antiquated" in its 2012 comprehensive plan, according to the meeting's agenda. The rules have not been updated in several decades and do not reflect the city's growth, so the city identified parking as an opportunity for effective change.

The commission also will vote on extending North Central Kansas Technical College's lease for the old Army Reserve facility. The college has used it as a branch since 2009, and the commission is set to consider a two-year extension.

Approximately 50 students study carpentry, electrical technology, plumbing, heating and air conditioning at the Big Creek campus, according to Eric Burks, president of NCKTC.