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September 23, 2012

Stillwater city councilors may dissolve Westwood parking district Monday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater city councilors have the opportunity Monday to hop in H.G. Wells’ time machine and undo the August 2011 resolution that created the Westwood Neighborhood Area Parking District.

OK, councilors don’t need a time machine, but they are expected to re-examine and possibly dissolve the parking district and rescind the September ordinance that gives it teeth.

The Westwood parking issue is the only item on the agenda for Monday’s special meeting, which will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Muncipal Building, 723 S. Lewis St.

The Westwood Neighborhood Association asked city councilors to help preserve the historic Stillwater Neighborhood in 2011. The result was an conservation overlay district that restricts the number of non-related family members that can occupy a residence and a parking district that limits street parking to property owners.

The overlay-district regulations started immediately, but it took city staff almost a year to develop an ordinance setting the assessment fee, defining the type of parking permits available and their cost and a fine system.

Many Westwood residents disliked the parking regulations, expressing their feelings and possible options at a Westwood Neighborhood Association meeting and a City Council public hearing earlier this month.

“I believe we did accomplish our goal of getting the real world impacts of the current situation,” Stillwater Mayor John Bartley said after approximately 25 Westwood area residents discussed pros, cons and solutions at Monday’s public hearing.


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