Friday, April 18, 2014

Downtown Property Owners Present to City Council a Plan to Extend X Permit Regulations into Old North (239)

In the City Council Public Comment period last Tuesday, April 15, several “Downtown Property Owners” presented a 17-point “Parking Plan” centrally involving Old North.

Reproduced here, the first and seemingly keystone item is to:

Add X permit parking in old North Davis immediately. (New signs are not needed. A small “X” tag or sticker can be used. Current parking preferences for residences could be maintained.)

If this proposal extends X permit parking into the Old North following the form used in the western part of the Downtown, this means that no one will be able to park outside an N-space more than 90 minutes most important times and that residents would even be confined to N-marked spaces for longer periods. Student commuters who park in Old North would be out of luck for more than 90 minutes most of the time.

While the plan says that “current parking preferences for residents could be maintained,” it is hard to see how such “preferences” outside N-spaces could be publically displayed and enforced. Indeed, the proposal seems to create a logical and logistical nightmare.

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The chirpy cheerfulness (and earnestness) of the people presenting this nightmare was quite engaging and I thought people might enjoy viewing it. It provides, I think, another of those “only in Davis” moments we have come to like so much and it can be seen here (running less than four minutes, happily):