Thursday 17 April 2014

Tonight: West U City Council May Go Forward with Parking Ban

The West U City Council may decide to go forward with an on-street parking pilot program that would dictate where residents can park their cars.

The West U City Council may decide to go forward with an on-street parking pilot program that would dictate where homeowners can park their cars. Council will hold an on-street parking workshop today at 5 p.m.

The city council will hold an on-street parking workshop today at 5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The council directed staff last month to look into a pilot program for streets 24 feet or narrower for parking on one side of the street, an overnight ban on parking and no parking on the street at any time.

While some council members did not think any changes needed to be made in the city, others had concerns about safety and felt that further parking solutions should be pursued.

City staff will present three options to city council tonight, including parking education, enforcement of the Texas Transportation Code related to parking with a zero tolerance program and a pilot program for roadways 24 ft. or less.

If council decides to move forward with a pilot program, signs would need to be placed at the end of each block, mid-block and every 200 linear feet in between, or every third home.

Staff estimates that a city wide installation for no parking at anytime and no parking overnight would cost $107,600. A typical 800 ft. street would cost $1,312.50, a 600 ft. street would cost $1,050, a 300-400 ft. street would cost $787.50 and a 200 ft. street would cost $525.

For no parking on one-side of the street, a city wide installation would cost $53,800, an 800 ft. street would cost $656.25, a 600 ft. street would cost $525, a 300-400 ft. street would cost $393.75 and a 200 ft. street would cost $262.50.

Staff is recommending that council do not proceed with on-street parking restrictions since there is “no public safety issue being brought forward by emergency responders.”

Staff is also recommending the following:

-          In the future, on a case by case basis, respond to street parking complaints by communicating with potentially impacted residents of a block on a street to determine if there is a problem to them; and if a super-majority agrees, there should be a solution studied before proceeding with a study.

-          Enact a parking etiquette program using the shared resources of the public works code enforcement division along with police enforcement. The plan would be to begin with a” gentler, friendlier approach” and then escalate the enforcement activities to the point of formal warnings and ultimately citation for the repeat violators. This would eliminate affecting non-violators, avoid sign pollution, eliminate causing a problem which may not exist as an unintended consequence and avoid the No Parking restrictions cost which may be in excess of $100,000.

-          Provide guidance to staff on the continued enforcement of cars parked on driveways over sidewalks where the vehicle cannot physically fit between the garage door and the sidewalk without blocking the sidewalk.

The city council will meet at 5 p.m. in the conference room of city hall, 3800 University Blvd.

To view tonight’s agenda, click here.

4 Comments

  1. Brokelyn says:

    Yikes, that headline got my blood pressure up. Then I read the following within the text of the article.

    “Staff is recommending that council do not proceed with on-street parking restrictions since there is “no public safety issue being brought forward by emergency responders.”

    Thoughtful and reasonable. I’m sorry to admit that I expected worse, but very pleased to say that the Staff displayed excellent common sense with their proposals.

    Now I’m going back to admitting that I expect Council to produce a worse outcome. C’mon Council, prove me wrong and I’ll come right back here and make my apologies!

  2. Voter says:

    Why do we have to give multiple warnings for a PARKING TICKET? Go park near a stop sign in the city of Houston and they’ll write you up for $30, no warnings, no friendly approach, just a parking ticket for doing something illegal. You want to talk about wasting resources, the “gentler, friendlier approach” is a waste of time and resources. Just ticket people that violate the law once this starts, people (if they don’t already) will figure out how to park accordingly. Quick. Simple. Effective.

  3. Vanderbilt Resident says:

    Voter, thank you for that extreme minority opinion. You would have a very short tenure as a city councilman.

  4. Speeders are the clear and present danger! says:

    Talk about having too little to do! Rather than fussing over parking perturbations, how about ticketing those fools who race down my street (that INCLUDES West U folks too important to mind the laws!)

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