Thursday, September 24, 2009

PARKING: Disagreement with Resident Permit Parking Policy

Question/Comment: A number of people have submitted questions/concerns about the City's plans to implement parking policy changes, such as citywide permit parking and increases in the length of time meters are in operation and in the cost of using metered spots. Others have expressed concern about the timeline and method in which the initial policy change was put forward.

City Update 8/1/2009: The Traffic Commission approved some parking policy changes on May 21st and the City has worked to refine an implementation plan for the changes. To help develop that plan, Mayor Curtatone convened a parking Solutions Task Force (PSTF) – composed of elected officials, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, and local parking policy expert Mark Chase – to develop a more detailed implementation model. Their report, which came out last week, calls for a phased plan designed to ensure that the City’s parking policies are implemented with due regard to providing access and convenience for local business workers and customers while preserving a scarce and valuable resource for residents. (The full PSTF report is available here.) Mayor Curtatone has asked the Task Force to continue to meet in order to review the impact of all changes as they are implemented and to help oversee a professional inventory and assessment of the city’s parking spaces, technologies and policies.

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