Residential Permit Parking Review

Residential Permit Parking Under Review
In 1968, a parking ordinance established Zoned Parking (also known as Residential Permit Parking or RPP) in Arlington. RPP limits on-street parking to neighborhood residents with County-issued permits/passes, their visitors, and landlords during restricted hours (usually Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 5 PM).

Why Restrict Parking? RPP was instituted as a growing number of commuters began parking in neighborhoods, causing problems with increased traffic, noise, pollution and consuming much of the on-street parking. As Arlington has become increasingly urban with increased development the RPP has expanded as residents petitioned the county to have their street zoned. Eventually, the program expanded to 24 parking zones.

The Deal with Residents. Over time this resulted in a “compact” with the residents and the County whereby in support for increased density adjacent to residential neighborhoods, the county would take steps to mitigate some of the negative impacts of the adjacent higher density development, including protection of on-street parking.

The County Declares a Pause and Rethink. In the summer of 2018, the County Board voted to put a moratorium on zoned parking and commissioned a study of the program. During the study residents could no longer petition the County to protect their street.

The County seeks to conclude its review and introduce a new residential parking policy in early 2021. Read the County Staff’s Report

The County will soon publish a draft policy. An online comment form will be online for 2 weeks and the County will hold an online question-and-answer session. Residents can testify about the draft policy in Nov/Dec and final policy in Jan at virtual meetings of the Tenant-Landlord Commission, Transportation Commission, Planning Commission and County Board.
Project Web Site Map of RPP Zones

LV Responds. In November 2018 the LVCA conducted a survey to collect LV residents’ opinions about RPP. Lyon Village Zoned Parking Survey