5 pm today is the deadline to comment in the current review phase for proposed changes to the city’s Residential Parking Zone program. Fauntleroy is West Seattle’s major RPZ stronghold, largely to stave off major “park-and-hide” action related to the ferry dock, and Fauntleroy Community Association president Bruce Butterfield forwarded an alert to be sure that those who care about the proposed changes hear about them before it’s too late. Here are the key points from the city’s online summary of the major changes:
Proposed Major Changes
• Managing permit parking demand – Limit RPZ permit sales to 8 permits per household
• Permit eligibility–Require that vehicles be registered in resident’s name and permit-eligible address
• Major Institutions policy – For new or expanding major institutions, limit major institution permit payment to no more than two permits for first permit cycle
• RPZ location – Prohibition of RPZ implementation in downtown Seattle given high demand and multiple, competing needs for on-street parking
• Business and institution permit pilot program – Create a pilot program that allows eligible employees in the Sound Transit LINK Light Rail Initial Segment to purchase permits
• Guest permits– Create single-day guest pass in addition to biennial permit
• New RPZ zone creation process – Change technical and community engagement requirements. Parking study must generally demonstrate at least 75% parking occupancy along affected blocks, and 50% non-resident vehicles. Any proposed RPZ zone would need to contain at least 10 contiguous city blocks.
• Modifying and removing zones process – Change technical and community engagement requirements
• Parking enforcement – Create additional fines to address permit abuse
• Customer service – Create on-line permit payment and eligibility checks for permit holders
• Director’s Rule –Replace existing resolution with procedures in Director’s Rule
This document also includes the language that would change in the city code. Also, the name Residential Parking Zone is to change to “Restricted Parking Zone.” This round of public comment is not your final chance to have a say – City Council briefings, among other things, are coming up – but it’s an important stage in the process; email@example.com is the place to e-mail a comment by 5 pm today. Since the City Council will ultimately vote on this, their contact information is here (and note that two councilmembers are appearing at community-group meetings in West Seattle this week — Sally Clark at Admiral Neighborhood Association tomorrow, Tom Rasmussen at Morgan Community Association on Wednesday, more information on this week’s meeting slate here).