More information about the repeal of the overnight parking ban and institution of overnight parking permits for residents.
The City Council Finance Committee is meeting this evening at 5:30pm to consider the Administration’s plan for overturing 82-year old overnight parking ban.
A Powerpoint presentation given by the Traffic Engineering Department to the City Council Finance Committee is available here for download. That page also has a comment form to submit your comments on the plan directly to the city.
Finally, below is the Administration’s Fact Sheet on the program:
Creating a Framework for Overnight Resident Permit Parking
Lifting the ban on overnight parking and ushering in a modern, efficient program for City residents
As one of America’s densest metropolitan areas, Providence is a growing, thriving place. Overnight resident permit parking will make Providence a more livable city.
A program establishing overnight resident permit parking that is modern, efficient, and enforceable will benefit our City’s residents.
|Dec 2011/Jan 2012
|Administration and Council work together to pass framework
|Administration led community education and input period: neighborhood meetings, online engagement
|Program finalized, implementation begins
|Official launch of the program
- Providence’s ban on overnight parking was established in 1929, when the automobile was in its adolescence. 80+ years later, it is time to repeal the outdated ban and bring more rationality to resident parking in our City.
- The new overnight parking policy will ease the hunt for affordable housing. For many resident car-owners, housing costs often exclude a legal place to park. In the same way, landlords sometimes have difficulty finding tenants when parking is not provided.
- In many of the City’s neighborhoods yards are paved for parking and residents have lost their ability to have backyard interactions with their neighbors. The overnight resident parking program will allow homeowners to keep their green space, making our neighborhoods more livable.
- In our City’s neighborhoods where overnight resident permit parking has been a reality for several years, the presence of parked cars has had a traffic-calming effect.
- The City of Providence is in a unique situation – we have an opportunity to start a permit program from the ground up. This has given us the ability to identify modern technologies and business practices that will benefit our City for years to come.
- New fee amounts to $8/month ($100/year), a reasonable amount compared to fees charged at private lots or the cost of more than 4 parking tickets.
- City residents will have the ability to enroll online, by phone or in-person.
- Permits will be license plate-based and digital. There will be no need to mail stickers or paper permits to residents.
- Permits are non-transferable and will expire one year from date of purchase. Persons with handicap plates are exempt from annual permit fee.
- Residency can be established with utility bill, deed, tax bill, or rent receipt. Applicants must also prove that their vehicle is registered in Rhode Island. If a fraudulent address or registration is determined, the permit will be voided.
- In order to qualify for a permit all outstanding parking tickets and vehicle taxes must be paid.
- There will be a two-permit limit per household and residents of dorms and apartment buildings with six or more units are not eligible. In addition, commercial vehicles are not eligible.
- Signs will be posted at the City’s borders, on major streets, and on the borders of permit districts to define zones. Permit districts will mirror the City’s police districts.
- There is a street opt-out provision included in the City ordinance that establishes the program. If 75% of the residents on a given street with vehicles registered in Rhode Island
- sign a petition, the street will not be included in the program.
- The parking ban will remain on all arterial streets like Smith, Broad and Eddy.
- The City will use digital permit technology for enforcement; the same technology is currently in use for scofflaw enforcement.
- The program will improve parking compliance as active, consistent enforcement will be a priority.