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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
OVERALL SUMMARY WORK TO DATE
Since October 2014 the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) has met monthly and has worked with City staff on the implementation of the adopted parking management plan. Permit parking was instituted in 2015 and meters were installed in 2016. Ongoing discussions have been held about adjustments to the permit system. The goal of the permit program is to manage the on-street parking system by identifying the permit eligible stalls, issuing annual parking permits and balancing the system to support area land use. The best practice is 85% occupancy and the current occupancy in NW is well over 90% at peak hours. The total number of parking stalls in the NW parking district is 5,264 (metered and permit stalls). Regulations allowing shared parking have been adopted and SAC is working to encourage sharing.
In October 2016 on-street parking utilization data was collected. Based on the analysis, recommendations to changes of the on-street system and permit program are being developed. Recommendations include an expansion of the metered area as well as a reduction in permits issued to both residents and employees. In December 2016 Council passed ordinance 188173 that allowed NW to develop a pilot program to implement additional tools to manage on-street parking. The additional tools include: permit surcharge fee, capping the total number of permits issued, limiting annual issuance of employee and residential permits and annual TDM surveys. The surcharges will go back in the Northwest District for TDM measures.
THE FOLLOWING CHANGES RECOMMENDED BY THE NW SAC TO THE ZONE M PERMIT PROGRAM ARE FOR THE PERMIT YEAR BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
Survey and Development of TDM Program
Employee Permits – Goal is 3,250 permits
Residential Permits – Goal is 2,850 permits
Anyone who currently has a permit would keep their permit. Reduction to residential permits would occur by attrition.
No limit on residential buildings that have less than 30 units
Existing buildings with 30 units or more:
New buildings with 30 units or more that do not have certificate of occupancy by September 1, 2017
Residential Opt Out Incentive – Funded by Permit Surcharge
If a resident chooses to not renew their parking permit, they can opt to participate in the incentive program which includes:
The SAC is finalizing an incentive package for employers/employees that will be funded by the permit surcharge.
Employer Opt Out Incentive - Funded by Permit Surcharge
Employers can exchange their eligible Zone M permits for equal number of $100 TriMet passes and free annual BIKETOWN membership ($144 value). There is up to 20 opt-out maximum for each Zone M business/employer. Please contact Sarah Goforth at email@example.com to request an application.
Residential Permit Return Incentive - Funded by Permit Surcharge
Residents can return their 17/18 permits by June 30, 2017 and receive a $50 Fred Meyer gift card. Please complete the application here.
THE FOLLOWING LETTERS WERE SENT REGARDING THE PERMIT CHANGES: