Aldermen To Tackle Residential Permit Parking
Especially in the more parking challenged wards in the city.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Ald. Vi Daley (43rd) are looking to do something about RPP and today proposed creating a Residential Parking Permit Zone Task Force to address these and other related parking issues.
“The proliferation of the permit parking areas has caused more strain on the already scares commodity of available on-street parking , and, as a result, many businesses near the restricted parking zones have seen a negative impact on their businesses by a decrease in customers and business…” states the resolution the two signed today.
Tunney and Daley’s adjacent wards represent the brunt of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, easily two of the most vehicle congested areas of the city, and account for a good portion of the individual residential parking permits issued each year.
According to the resolution, back in 1997 Mayor Daley put together a similar group called the Mayor’s Parking Task Force, which looked at the issue of RPP. While the task force considered recommending a ban on the entire residential permit program, it backed off the full ban and instead asked for tighter controls on the program with the hope of reducing the number of permit parking zones.
This recommendation never got enacted and since 1997, RPP zones have continued to grow and frustrate both drivers and aldermen alike.
“We decided to bring this idea back up again,” explained Daley. “It has to do with residential permit parking, parking for trucks, permits for contractors working on people’s homes and other parking issues.”
City Clerk Miguel del Valle, who’s department administrates the residential permit parking program has been concerned with the unfettered growth of the RPP program for a long time.
About a year ago during City Council 2010 budget hearings, Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle said the residential permit parking program has become too big, difficult to administer and challenged alderman to review and reform it.
“Any system or program that has been in place for 30 years should be reviewed,” said del Valle back in 2009. “We should examine it to ensure it is as efficient as possible. The review may not result in significant changes, but we should still review it. We welcome the chance to be a part of any review the City Council does on this program.”
The original program began in 1979, and in the three decades since its creation, the program has grown to over 1340 RPP zones. In 2010, individual residential parking permits went up a healthy 8%, rising from 118,274 in 2009 to 127,912 permits through August 2010.
“We’re happy they’re forming the task force,” said City Clerk’s office spokesperson Kristine Williams. “It’s something we encouraged them to do and are happy they are doing it. We’re hopeful and glad the aldermen are taking this on and taking a look at residential parking.”
Alderman Daley is looking to bring other council members onto the task force and move forward as quickly as possible.
“Anywhere parking is an issue, we’ll reach out to other alderman who have these issues,” explains Daley. “We’ll sit down with alderman effected with this and go from there. ”
The resolution goes before the Traffic Control & Safety Committee on Monday, November 15th.