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PORTLAND -- New parking meters and permits could soon be coming to Northwest Portland.

Mayor Sam Adams announced Friday a plan that would bring electronic parking meters to the business district along Northwest 21st and Northwest 23rd avenues.

Residents in nearby neighborhoods would be required to purchase parking permits for $60 a year.

Click to see the NW Portland Parking Plan (.pdf)

Business owners and residents have been struggling with a lack of parking spaces in the neighborhood for decades.

Most business owners oppose the plan, while many residents hope it will free up spots near their homes.

We have delivery vans coming and going all day. Trying to wait for metered parking is going to be a very big hassle for us, said flower shop owner Jodi Iverson.

Resident Cathi Howell said, If it keeps the parking turning over, I think it's all right.

Adams said he hopes the Portland City Council will pass the plan before he leaves office at the end of the year.

The first hearing is set for next Thursday at 3 p.m. in the council chambers, where the public will have a chance to comment.

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