The Arcata City Council directed staff to change the parking on the 11th Street overpass to all-day spaces so people working in the surrounding area won't have to move their cars every few hours.
"I'll be curious to see what happens, especially with increased enrollment at HSU," Mayor Mark Wheetley said. "I think the unregulated approach is the way to go, and just test it, and see how it works out. If we need to come back and modify it, then so do."
Arcata Police Department Chief Tom Chapman said the area is underutilized.
"We looked at it different times of the day, different days of the week, nobody's really up there," Chapman said. "There's 50 spots that are not being used."
The police department also proposed an option to convert one side of the overpass from four-hour parking to preferential in a staff report, but Chapman said he would support seeing what happens if parking in the area is unregulated, after giving it more thought.
"We feel it would be burdensome to amend our preferential regulations and not necessarily worth it," he said.
Staff said they expect an annual decline of about $760 in revenue from tickets with the change.
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