Kalamazoo downtown development authority

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Unlawful parking is about to get more expensive in the City of Kalamazoo. The City Commission voted on Monday to raise fines for a host of violations – from common offenses like overstaying a meter, to bolder moves such as parking a car in an intersection.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Correction - April 19, 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly implied that the Kalamazoo City Commission had to approve every aspect of the the DDA's parking plan for it to become law. In fact, while the commission has authority over parking fine amounts, the DDA has the final word on parking rate increases.

The Kalamazoo City Commission plans to consider a proposal for a new downtown parking policy at its next meeting. The plan before the commission was approved by the Downtown Development Authority last month. It will raise rates at meters, lots and ramps this summer. Next year it will extend meter enforcement to 9pm and add Saturday as a paying day.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Correction - April 19, 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly implied that the Kalamazoo City Commission had to approve every aspect of the the DDA's parking plan for it to become law. In fact, while the commission has authority over parking fine amounts, the DDA has the final word on parking rate increases.

People who park in downtown Kalamazoo need to pack extra quarters starting this summer. The board that sets parking rates downtown says it needs to raise those rates to cover costs. The Downtown Development Authority approved a parking plan Monday to raise meter rates as well as prices at lots and ramps, starting in July.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A parking plan for downtown Kalamazoo is on hold for at least a little while. On Monday the city’s Downtown Development Authority said the proposed five-year plan needs more work before the Authority can vote on it.

Daily parking rates in ramps would go up by five cents. Monthly rates for cars could increase by $1-4. Daily metered parking rates would stay the same, but monthly meter rates would go up by $2 .

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