PORTLAND -- Portland will limit free parking downtown for people with disabled placards, under a proposal submitted by Commissioner Steve Novick.
Currently, anyone with a disabled parking placard can park all day in metered spots without paying. Novick's resolution will institute a three-hour limit on those spots.
Novick hopes the change will free up spaces for people who want to shop. He told KGW the response from the disabled community has been positive.
“The disabled parking task force and disabilities commission have endorsed it,” he said Wednesday. “Part of the reason is: They're coming downtown to shop too.”
The city will also create dedicated parking spaces for people with disabilities and offer special permits for people who need on-street parking all day.
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