LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Parking longer than the designated maximum time posted on signage in Lafayette once got you a ticket.
Thanks to an approved Lafayette city ordinance, parking beyond the allotted time could result in multiple tickets for a single incident.
Lafayette City Council passed several ordinances and resolutions at June’s meeting, including one addressing parking issues.
Notable, Resolution 2022-14 unanimously passed and declared racism as a public health crisis in the City of Lafayette. The Journal & Courier reported on the matter in more detail earlier this week.
- Ordinance 2022-11 would allow parking officials to issue multiple tickets to individuals who exceed the allotted parking time limits
- Resolution No. 2022-13 confirmed an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA) for the Fairfield Manufacturing Company
- Resolution 2022-15 approved the issuing of bonds to help fund Lafayette’s new Public Works Campus
Two parking tickets in your near future?
Parking officials in downtown Lafayette have dealt with vehicles remaining in a timed parking spot for a whole day, even after being issued one parking ticket.
Lafayette City Attorney Jacque Chosnek worked with Parking Operations, the Lafayete Police Department Traffic Division and parking commission staff on Ordinance 2022-11 as a way to address this ongoing issue in downtown Lafayette.
“Right now, under the current rules, if you were there for more than two hours you get a ticket, but there’s no mechanism if you’re still there two hours again to do that,” said Chosnek.
Ordinance 2022-11 will allow parking officials to cite additional $20 tickets to any vehicle owners who haven’t moved their cars after two hours from receiving their first ticket.
At May’s meeting, Chosnek went into more detail regarding the new ordinance.
“The final change is to allow parking operations to issue citations for each two-hour violation. So, if you’re there for over two hours, you get your first ticket. They come back around, and it’s been two hours later, you can get a second ticket and so on.”
Additionally, the vehicle will need to be moved to either the opposite side of the street or to a different street altogether. If the car is only moved to a different parking spot on the same street, it is still eligible to receive an additional ticket.
If a car breaks down and can’t reasonably be moved, the Lafayette parking division would void those tickets if the owner of the vehicle informs them of the situation.
The ordinance also addresses other parking-related issues, such as people putting up their own signs to reserve parking; changes to the language within the code to be more general; allowing parking officials more leeway when deciding whether to write up a citation; and removing the time restriction regarding loading zone.
The ordinance passed with a unanimous vote.
Economic Revitalization Area
This resolution would allow for the partial abatement of property taxes attributable to the redevelopment/rehabilitation of real property and/or installation of new personal property in an “Economic Revitalization Area” for the Fairfield Manufacturing Company.
Over the next 10 years, the Fairfield Manufacturing Company will receive the property tax abatement. Starting the first year, the company will receive a 100% tax break, but in every subsequent year, the abatement will reduce by 10%. By the 10th year, Fairfield Manufacturing will have a 10% tax abatement and will need to pay 90% of its property tax.
Fairfield Manufacturing Company plans to invest around $10 million into a property expansion and expects that this new expansion will create around 50 new jobs.
The resolution passed with a unanimous vote.
Bonds for Public Works Campus/Plans for new park
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski requested the city council to authorize the issuance of bonds to help pay for the Public Works Campus, which will be located off of McCarty Lane by CAT Park.
Currently, the Street, Sanitation and Fleet Maintenance departments operate out of a 70-year-old building in downtown Lafayette.
The new campus aims to address that issue, as well as centralize the departments to give greater ease of access to the rest of the city.
The estimated cost of the project is around $21 million. The mayor requested around $16 million be issued in bonds to help pay for the project. The city will have around $5 million on hand to be applied to the project.
The city is planning to replace the old downtown site with a four-acre park.
“We’re going to turn that into a downtown park, about a 4-acre park with trees and plantings. It won’t have playgrounds and stuff, but it will be a place where people living downtown can have their green space. Our version of a small central park, I guess,” said Roswarski.
“And we’re going to put a small dog park in it.”
The mayor also mentioned that the city is currently working with a developer on creating houses in the old railroad relocation corridor in downtown.
Other Ordinances: Second Readings
Ordinance 2022-12: Creates a new chapter to consolidate all the ruling and permits related to temporary dumpsters and portable signs within the public right of way into one section. The ordinance passed 8 to 0.
Ordinance 2022-13: Requested the council approve the transfer funds of the Lafayette Police Department from the major budget classifications to the police continuing education fund. The fund will go to purchasing new police bulletproof vests and helmets for LPD’s SWAT team and shields for LPD’s field force. The ordinance passed 8 to 0.
Ordinance 2022-17: Adds Lafayette’s downtown enforcement officer to the people that are eligible to write tickets and enforce any code violations.
Ordinance 2022-18: Requested a rezoning of four lots located on the north side of Bradly Lane, between Concord Road and Sagamore Parkway, from an I3 – Industrial Zone to a GB-3488 – General Business Zones.
Ordinance 2022-19: Requested a rezoning of 707 Wabash Avenue, from an NBU – Neighborhood business to an R1U – Single-Family Residential Zones.
Ordinance 2022-20: Would create a new zoning ordinance in Tippecanoe County, specifically it would create a “Haven Home” zoning.
“Haven Home” is defined as, a social service facility assisting children awaiting foster care or similar placement. A child’s stay at such a facility shall not exceed 72 hours.
“Haven Home” will be permitted by special exception in all residential zones, and by right in Neighborhood Business Zones and Medical Related Zones.
Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.