NORTHWEST PORTLAND PILOT
AREA PARKING PERMIT PROGRAM
The Council finds:
1. In November 1997, the Northwest District
Association, with support from the Nob Hill Business Association, requested that
City Council intervene in area transportation and parking issues and undertake
measures to address long-standing on-street parking problems.
2. In January 1998, the City entered into an agreement
with Douglas L. Capps Consulting to provide an assessment of the parking
conditions in Northwest Portland and to develop a package of recommended
3. In August 1998, the consultant completed a report,
Parking in Northwest Portland: A Study of Solutions and Strategies. The report
recommended a series of solutions including shared parking arrangements, parking
permit programs, and improvements in transit support programs.
4. In early 1999,City staff and the consultant began
to work with businesses and residents in the eastern most section of the
neighborhood on potential area parking permit program. A general public meeting
was held on March 13, 1999, where most attendees expressed support for
continuing work on the details of a permit program for this area.
5. A parking committee was formed in March 1999 and
permit program details have been developed by this committee, including
finalizing the boundaries, which are Burnside to Northrup, 16th and 18th. The
committee has set a date for a second public meeting, which will be held on
Saturday, May 8, 1999. A mail-in public vote on the permit program is planned
following this public meeting.
6. Over the years, there have been numerous attempts
to address on-street parking congestion in Northwest Portland. Extensive
community discussions and outreach efforts have occurred several times. The
current efforts are the district result of a formal request by the neighborhood
for city intervention. Due to these unique circumstances, it is appropriate to
waive the elements of the City Code dealing with area parking permit programs as
authorized by this ordinance.
Now Therefore, The Council Directs:
a. Certain sections of City Code Section 16.20.800 be
waived or modified for the purpose of establishing a Pilot Area Parking Permit
Program in certain areas of Northwest Portland. The code provisions to be waived
or modified solely as applied to this Pilot Program are:
i. Waive 16.20.801 (D). Each must meet the
eligibility criteria (16.20.830) and follow the prescribed process (16.20.840)
in order to form a permit program.
ii. Modify 16.20.81 (D) to state: "Area Parking
Committee" is the group of five people (excluding alternates) appointed by the
City of Portland. The committee is to have membership of two residents, two
business representatives, and a member at large (either resident or business
representative) to appointed by members of the committee. All members of the
committee will either work or live in the boundary area. The boundary are to
be established by the City traffic Engineer.
iii. Waive 16.20.810 (O). "Permit area" is any area
as designated by an initiating petition or as modified in the boundary
iv. Waive 16.20.830 (C). An area that feels it is
adversely affected by parking and is requesting permit parking must work
through it’s neighborhood association or business district association as
defined in City Code Section 3.96.020 and 3.96.030.
v. Waive 16.20.840 (A). An area may not 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 business
district association. This petition shall include:
(1) The parking problem;
(2) The probable cause of the problem;
(3) The proposed boundaries in the congested
(4) The number of individual addresses in the
congested area; and
(5) The permit fees of the
vi. Modify 16.20.840 (B) to state: The City Traffic
Engineer will work with the are area to determine its eligibility and appoint
and area parking committee.
vii. Waive 16.20.840 (C). Upon receipt of the
petition, the City Traffic Engineer must initiate a preliminary investigation
to verify that area meets the criteria.
vii. Modify 16.20.840 (J) to read: No changes to the
established boundaries of an existing area will be allowed.
b. The City Traffic Engineer shall evaluate the Pilot
Program after 1 year of operations and make a report to Council regarding the
effectiveness of this program.
Ordinance No. 173323 passed by Council May 5,
Filed for inclusion in PPD December 5, 2003.
(Re-indexed by City Auditor October 2005 - formerly indexed as