Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Re-Scheduled
The Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Review project has been assessing the purpose and function of Arlington’s RPP program, considering the program’s efficiency, user experience, and fairness. It is the first major review of the RPP in over 10 years.
Public Hearing Re-Scheduled to Feb 24
To give residents more time to respond the County Board has re-scheduled a public hearing on RPP from Jan 23 to Feb 24. Board members said they are open to pushing off the hearing further to engage more people and give residents more time to consider the changes.
LVCA Opposes Unrestricted Two-Hour Paid Parking
LVCA’s RPP Survey of LV residents held Nov 2018 indicated strong support (98%) for the existing RPP. LVCA’s review of the proposed changes identified one serious problem: permitting 2-hour paid parking in restricted residential zones. LVCA is opposing that one element of the proposed RPP revision. The problems LVCA sees with 2-hour paid parking include:
● It provides no effective enforcement, making it likely to be abused.
● It will likely increase traffic in residential neighborhoods.
● It will likely clog residential neighborhoods with commuter parking, a problem the RPP was originally created to prevent.
Other Problems with RPP Changes
● Raising the thresholds for parking occupancy and share of households supporting the petition makes it harder to achieve RPP zoning.
● Poorly parked vehicles will block passage of emergency vehicles.
● More traffic will increase auto collisions and pedestrian injuries (conflicts with Vision Zero).
Highlights of the Proposed RPP
● Expanding the number of households eligible to petition for RPP.
● Linking the maximum number of annual permits that households in RPP zones can receive to whether that household has off-street parking.
● Providing more parking options for short-term visitors and service providers.
● Permitting 2-hour paid parking in RPP restricted zones to the general public.
● Introducing a limited number of permits for elementary, middle and high school employees and employees who work at group homes.
● Raising permit and pass fees to end general tax support for the program while offering a discount for low-income households.
● Altering the petition process by removing the “out-of-area” test for vehicles parked on a petitioning street.
Proposed program and comparison chart
Proposed administrative policies and procedures
Provide Feedback (deadline Oct 28)
More About RPP
LV’s RPP Survey (Nov 2018)