City considers new parking restrictions

File Image. (Ignacio Garcia/KXAN)
File Image. (Ignacio Garcia/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you think parking in Austin is challenging now, it could get worse.

Thursday, the Austin City Council will consider a resolution that could allow the city to slap temporary parking restrictions on any neighborhood across the city.

This new rule would only be enforced during big festivals, like Austin City Limits Music Festival, since residents complain some neighborhoods in Austin tend to get packed with cars during these events

The ordinance would make neighborhoods like Zilker residential parking only for the duration of the event. The proposal also suggests temporary residential parking permits for the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood since residents complain those streets fill up with visitors’ cars for events downtown.

If City Council approves the measure Thursday, for now the city would work with stakeholders to determine if temporary parking restrictions are a popular idea. Any changes to parking restrictions would still need further approval.

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