Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Revision

Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Revision
The RPP Review project has been assessing the purpose and function of Arlington’s RPP program, considering the program’s efficiency, user experience, and fairness. This is the first major review of the program in over 10 years.

Highlights of the proposed program include: 
● Expanding the number of households eligible to petition for restrictions and join the program 
● 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
● 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 while raising the thresholds for parking occupancy and the share of households supporting the petition
Proposed program and comparison chart
Proposed administrative policies and procedures
FAQs
Provide Feedback (deadline Oct 28)
More About RPP
LV’s RPP Survey

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

Sept 16 Residential Parking Enforcement Resumes

Residential Permit Parking Enforcement Resumes Sept 16
On Sept 16 Arlington will resume enforcement of Residential Permit Parking (RPP) rules. Enforcement was temporarily suspended in March due to the pandemic. If you park on the street in a zoned area, make sure your permits/passes are properly displayed. If you have not applied for 2021 permits/passes the fastest way to get them is to apply online. RPP Webpage