KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport is continuing to tweak its downtown parking regulations with the latest round of changes dealing with overnight parking for residents and businesses and temporary parking for visitors and contractors.
Earlier this year, Mayor Dennis Phillips asked the Downtown Kingsport Association to look at the downtown parking situation and return with recommendations for improvement. The first change took place in August with the elimination of the tiered system for parking fines, switching to a flat-rate fee of $25.
Next up came suggestions on how to better accommodate people living in the downtown area.
What city staff and the DKA recommended was a residential parking permit program, allowing residents to park overnight in one of the 10 city-owned parking lots or along any street in downtown, except Broad and Main.
However, one downtown resident complained about the secrecy of the meetings leading up to the recommendations and since then city staff has been working to finalize proposed changes.
A final recommendation came before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for approval last week, but the measure was pulled to allow for some minor revisions by Kingsport’s legal department. The changes will likely come before the BMA later this month.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.