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Moratorium Proposed for New Petitions to Expand Permit Parking

photo via ShortNorth.org

photo via ShortNorth.org

A one-year moratorium was proposed on any new petitions to establish or expand parking-permit districts in the Short North, Italian Village, (Harrison West*) and Victorian Village neighborhoods so that the city can develop a better system to regulate parking in those clogged neighborhoods. (story via the Dispatch)

The city also has set a community meeting for 5 p.m. on Wednesday (7/24) in City Hall for residents and business owners in those neighborhoods to discuss better parking solutions.

The hope is that a plan for the three neighborhoods can be a template for the rest of the city, including German Village.

Short North business owners and Italian Village residents have been meeting with the city for nearly a year to fix parking problems. Italian Village, for example, has about 1,200 permits and visitor hang tags for 186 available spaces, a city study found.

* This moratorium does include Harrison West although our neighborhood was not specifically mentioned in the article. It outlines the boundaries as King Avenue to the north, Olentangy River on the west, I-670 on the south, and Norfolk Southern Railroad right-of-way east of Fourth St. on the east.

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One Response to “Moratorium Proposed for New Petitions to Expand Permit Parking”

  1. Just wanted to note a clarification, the matter has not been “placed” on our neighborhoods. Tonight was an open, public hearing to hear input and feedback from the community. The first reading of a proposed moratorium was read at this past Monday’s City Council meeting. The next reading will be in September, with the proposed cut-off date for submitting new permit petitions to be Sept. 16th. The proposal notes the language, while allowing up to one year, will be able to be revoked with the recommendation of a working group that is continuing to meet every other week to discuss creative solutions, modifications and other ideas to ease the stress of parking on residential streets that has caused a flood of new permit parking inquiries with the city. Recent events could easily point to a tidal wave or domino effect that could take the entire neighborhood permit, seriously damaging the prospects for employees and customers to park within a reasonable distance to their jobs or destinations. We are a thriving and vibrant urban community due to the successful mix of businesses and a dense residential population. It’s important to think holistically and how all stakeholders including businesses, employees, customers, visitors, residents and their guests can work together to find agreeable win-win solutions for all involved. This moratorium gives us a little breathing room to “press pause” and better analyze the situation and all available options before any unnecessary changes are made, that we’ve already seen are likely to have unintended consequences.

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