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At today’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, Parking Manager Brandy Stanley presented a plan for the next year and beyond that city officials say will make parking downtown more convenient to drivers.

The plan includes upgraded technology and better planning for special events like First Friday.

City officials told 8 News NOW they are trying to make new parking plan more user friendly. They are going to post more signs and paint the parking spaces to be more visible. They also want to make it so people can use credit cards to pay to park.

The first phase, from March to June 2012, includes creating a “one-stop shop” for parking services that would make it easier for customers to navigate the system. Previously, the functions of parking related to enforcement, finance and Streets and Sanitation were spread throughout the organization. In this first phase, a newly created Parking Services Division would combine all of these functions under the department of Economic and Urban Development. By having all the necessary employees under one roof, there will be a concerted effort to focus on customer service.

Perhaps most importantly, staff will use this phase review current processes relating to appeals and hearings, permits, enforcement, towing, booting and more.

The second phase, which will begin in July and take place over the next 18 months, would involve upgrading parking meter technology to make it easier for customers to pay to park by offering credit-card-capable meters citywide. Also during this phase, staff will develop a plan to make it easier for customers to park on nights and weekends during special events, both in parking areas that the city controls and on land controlled by private owners. Signage would also be developed to make it easier to find parking during these times. Parking rates and hours would be reviewed relative to how close parking is to businesses and the need for long-term parking.  Parking permits would also be established for certain areas.

Future phases include reviewing fine structures and giving people “real time” information on parking availability, making it more convenient to find a parking space in the downtown area. The city will work closely with the private sector in this coordination because only 9 percent of the total parking inventory in the downtown is controlled by the city.

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