Tonight (and beyond): Restricted Parking Zones, the next steps

The only Restricted Parking Zone in West Seattle right now is in Fauntleroy (here’s the map). Some Junction residents would like rpzsign.jpgthe next WS RPZ to be in their area (that discussion’s been under way more than a year), so the city’s current process of revising the rules is of intense interest – and that’s why it’s on the Junction Neighborhood Organization agenda tonight (6:30 pm, Ginomai, 42nd/Genesee). SDOT’s Mary Catherine Snyder told the Southwest District Council last week that comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted till this Friday, May 15th (more on how to comment, here). The SWDC expressed concern about many of the major changes that are proposed, particularly the ones that could preclude a Junction-area RPZ, including an increase in the minimum size of a proposed RPZ. Snyder told the SWDC that SDOT management will still have discretion about where to set up a zone — but council co-chair Chas Redmond said, “I’m really concerned about the City of Seattle moving to a one-size-fits-all solution when one size DOESN’T fit all.” While the SWDC drafts a letter to the city voicing its concerns, the voices of neighborhood groups like JuNO matter too, so be at tonight’s meeting to be part of what happens next. Also on tonight’s JuNO agenda: “View corridor setbacks” proposed for Junction development.

4 Replies to "Tonight (and beyond): Restricted Parking Zones, the next steps"

  • Mario May 12, 2009 (11:19 am)

    I’m with Chas Redmond, The City is pushing the one size fits all solution. Maybe it’s time to form our own City of West Seattle. I wish Charlie Chong were still around.

  • Mary May 12, 2009 (3:36 pm)

    I thought that Alki had RPZ too. My condo association tried to get a petition going a few years ago but pretty much was told not to try because the City was revising parking/shared public place rules. I’m all for sharing space, the merchants do a great job with providing public parking but with all the new construction and minimal parking requirements in new apt/condo bldgs… It’s frustrating and if the City doesn’t do something it will be like Christmas shopping everyday!

  • Michael May 12, 2009 (11:32 pm)

    RPZs as seen in other neighborhoods do nothing to stop parking in neighborhoods – they dimply push parking to the next-closest RPZ-less neighborhood. In effect the only way to be fair would be to make all of Seattle an RPZ.
    The City, in all of its moves, has demonstrated that trying to force people not to use their cars doesn’t stop them from using their cars – but it makes a helluva lot of money for the City.
    Oh, and buildings not providing adequate parking for their residents is NOT a good reason for an RPZ – it’s a good reason not to move into that building. Developers should be held responsible for their choices.

  • 56bricks May 13, 2009 (8:28 am)

    Am I correct as to what I’d heard that buildings in WS built to “green class B” standards will require no on site parking at all? That sounds absurd but then again we have this mayor…

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