City council voted on Tuesday to review a 2011 model that that requires parking permit areas to include six contiguous blocks or a minimum of 600 housing units, and be in close proximity to a commercial zoning district or major sources of automobiles in need of parking, such as schools, hospitals or offices.
Councilmember Tony Daysog brought the referral item before council, after talking to Bayport residents about their parking concerns. Residential areas that suffer spillover parking from the ferry terminals, and the stretches of Taylor Avenue immediately perpendicular to Webster Street are examples of other areas that may be considered for a permit program.
Eleanor Alberton, who has lived in the Bayport neighborhood for four years, and for the past two years has been the chair of the homeowners association parking committee told city council, “what’s happening with all this new development going on…things get really complicated when it comes to parking. It’s so bad on some streets in Bayport that people have moved out of the community. You have to really consider peoples needs, and people do use cars. I ride my bike, but I do need a car. When I have company, I really have anxiety as to whether they will have a parking spot or not.”
She that people have been parking trucks and other vehicles, and people from the Summerhouse apartments have been parking their vehicles, in Bayport on private streets that are to be reserved for owners and guests.
Police chief Paul Rolleri cautioned against growing a parking permit program beyond his department’s ability to enforce it.
City officials intend to solicit public input before implementing any changes.