Talks about a downtown parking proposal will go forward next month between the Richmond County commissioners and the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta.
A workshop is scheduled Jan. 24 with county commissioners, who must ultimately approve any changes to the downtown parking ordinance, said Margaret Woodard, executive director for the downtown group.
Commissioners considered the plan this fall but voted to send it back to their finance committee for further study. Woodard said the workshop will give the DDA a chance to present the plan and answer any questions commissioners have.
The DDA has been examining the downtown parking situation for more than five years upon a commission request.
The latest proposal would give the downtown organization power to enforce parking rules and write tickets, something the Richmond County Sheriff's Office now does.
A previous proposal by the group to install parking meters downtown was met with widespread resistance from merchants and was scrapped.
"We've got to be able to come up with a plan where everyone says, 'I can live with that,' " said board member Rick Allen, who owns downtown business R.W. Allen. "We've got a variety of interests."
Although the plan has seen revisions, board members said they believe a solution is possible.
"We just want to do what's best for the community," said DDA Chairman Steven Kendrick after the group's Thursday meeting.
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