Ann Arbor OKs Another Parking Permit Area

A new residential parking district in Ann Arbor has been established in a neighborhood about a mile southeast of the University of Michigan campus, off Washtenaw Avenue.

New residential parking district shown in pink

New residential parking district shown in pink

According to the staff memo accompanying the Ann Arbor city council’s agenda item, the rationale for the district is that residents in the area have “extreme parking problems due to the students parking in their neighborhood and then bussing into campus.” Sixty percent of residents in the area signed a petition requesting that the district be established.

Signs for each of the 12 block faces in the district – which includes sections of Austin Avenue, Norway Road and Fair Oaks – will cost a total of $1,800, an amount that was not previously included in the city’s FY 2013 budget.

Without a permit, which are sold annually only to residents of the parking district, it will not be lawful to park on the street for more than two hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fees are $50 per permit, per calendar year. Replacement permits are $15.

The city council approved the $1,800 appropriation from the city’s general fund balance at its Jan. 22, 2013 meeting on a unanimous vote. Because the action changed the budget, it required eight votes to pass, which it achieved.

The city’s ordinance empowers the city administrator to designate a residential parking district, after notifying the city council. From Chapter 126 Article 6 10:66 on residential parking districts: “If a residential area has excessive parking of vehicles not owned by residents of the area, the Administrator may, after notice to City Council, issue a traffic control order designating a residential parking district. The city shall install signs in a residential parking district indicating that parking time limits do not apply to vehicles with permits. After receiving evidence of residency within a parking district, the city shall issue permits for the vehicles of residents of the district. If a permit is displayed on a vehicle in accordance with the rules of the transportation department, it shall not be a violation to park it in excess of the time limits in the residential district named on the permit. The city council may establish permit fees by resolution.”

In addition to the newly established district, the city of Ann Arbor has at least eight other residential parking districts.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]