(Amended by Ord. No. 170923, effective March 21, 1997.) The following process
must be followed to establish area permit parking programs:
A. An area may apply to participate in a permit program through a
community-initiated petition with signatures representing 50 percent of the
affected addresses (one signature per address) to be submitted to the
neighborhood association and the business district association. This petition
1. The parking problem;
2. The probable cause of the problem;
3. The proposed boundaries of the congested area;
4. The number of individual addresses in the congested area; and
5. The permit fees of the program.
B. The neighborhood association and business district association
shall discuss the request with the City Traffic Engineer to determine if there
are any conditions (as specified in 16.20.830 D above) that would prevent the
implementation of a area permit parking program. If the City Traffic Engineer
recommends that the application process continue, the neighborhood association
and the business district association must work with the area to determine its
eligibility and appoint an area parking committee.
C. Upon receipt of the petition, the City Traffic Engineer must
initiate a preliminary investigation to verify that the area meets the
D. Based on the findings of the investigations, the City Traffic Engineer
will determine if a proposed area is eligible for an area parking permit
E. If an area is approved as eligible, the City Traffic Engineer may
propose a program and mail this program and notice of a public meeting to all
addresses in the proposal area. After the public meeting, the proposal will be
refined and a ballot prepared. The City Traffic Engineer may expand or contract
(if larger than the minimum) the proposed area to conform to major physical
boundaries such as arterial roadways, rivers, hills, ridges, or political
boundaries such as neighborhood boundaries or to protect projected impact areas
as determined by the professional engineering or planning staff.
F. A ballot will be mailed to all addresses within the proposed area
within 30 days after the last public meeting. The legal occupant of an address
is eligible to vote. This ballot must be received by the City Traffic Engineer
on or before the date specified in the mailing. A minimum of 50 percent of the
ballots must be received, of which 60 percent must be "yes" votes, to approve
G. If the vote in Paragraph F. is negative, a minimum of 12 months
must elapse before any new proposal can be initiated.
H. If the vote in Paragraph F. of this Section is positive, the City
Traffic Engineer will submit to the City Council an ordinance authorizing the
permit system and required funding. If approved by Council, the City Traffic
Engineer will notify all addresses of the approval and enclose application
materials. Permit fees from at least 50 percent of the addresses must be
collected prior to the installation of signs.
I. The program will renew annually, unless:
1. The City Traffic Engineer receives a petition, representing 50
percent of the addresses within the designated permit program area, requesting
termination of the program. After receipt of a valid petition, the City
Traffic Engineer will mail a ballot to the program area according to
subsection F. The vote must be completed before the program will be
2. The designated area does not meet the rules or procedures
established by the City Traffic Engineer.
J. Changes to boundaries of existing permit areas desired by area
residents must be made according to the following procedure:
The City Traffic Engineer must determine that the resulting permit
area will meet the minimum standards for permit areas established in
2. The changes must be approved by the City Traffic Engineer and by
a majority of the Area Parking Committee.
3. The City Traffic Engineer will mail a ballot to the addresses of the
area to be annexed into or deleted from the permit area. The completed ballot
must be received by the City Traffic Engineer on or before the date specified
in the mailing. A minimum of 50 percent of the ballots must be received, of
which 60 percent must be "yes" votes, to approve the changes.
4. If the vote in is negative, a minimum of 12 months must elapse
before any new proposal can be initiated.