City and Residents Tackling Parking Issues

To park or not to park? Two resident groups were at the May 4 City Council meeting to discuss parking in their neighborhood.

David Street

One man spoke on behalf of a group of Ward 5 residents from the 1700-block of David Street who want to be able to park in their neighborhood and control speeders.

Certain street parking has always been prohibited because there are no curbs or adequate street width, but only enforced when recently prompted by a resident complaint. Staff and residents have been talking through their options. Likely more to come in future Council meetings.

“It’s an interesting situation that I don’t have an answer for tonight,” said City Manager Scott Meyer as attendees chuckled in agreement. “There is a whole traffic calming movement out there that says you want to have some on-street parking to help slow down traffic which is what you said is happening.”

The Chief of Police did commit to immediately help address the traffic issues: speeding and running of stop signs.

Staff have been in communication with residents since this meeting. Our ordinances are under review. Any change to rules for this street could impact similar streets city-wide. Watch the discussion from the May 4 City Council meeting below.

Boulevard Historic District

Some residents of the Boulevard Historic District also want to park on their neighborhood streets. As requested by residents, a  2011 ordinance established parking restrictions in the district to control the abundance of university student parking and abandoned vehicles. Several residents have asked for the return of parking, a new parking permit system, or other alternative approaches. Find the original parking survey and discussion from 2012 posted on our website.

No parking is too restrictive for the residents. Open parking allows student parking which caused trouble for residents.  A resident-only permit system creates private use of public streets – a philosophical issue when it comes to the broad application of policy. What’s the solution?


How is the parking situation in your  neighborhood?