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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Zone M Pilot Program

Background

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.

Permit Changes

THE FOLLOWING CHANGES ARE PROPOSED BY THE NW SAC TO THE ZONE M PERMIT PROGRAM AREA FOR THE PERMIT YEAR BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.

Employee Permits – No Change

  • Cost $180 per permit
  • Limit to 80% Employee Full Time Equivalency (FTE). An FTE is the hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis. This concept is used to convert the hours worked by several part-time employees in the hours worked by full-time employees.
  • Maintain current process of issuing permits to employers for distribution

Residential Permits

Existing Zone M residents: an individual permit holder can renew any permit issued in 2017-18 at a tiered price.

  • Each parking permit will be tied to a driver’s license. If a resident provides a driver’s license for another individual at the same address, they will not be subject to the tiered price.

Tiered pricing for individuals with more than one car:

  • 1st permit: $180
  • 2nd permit: $360
  • 3rd permit: $540
  • 4th permit: $540
  • If a resident is renewing one permit, they may qualify for a reduced permit fee based on financial hardship or reduced income. There will be a low-income provision available. If the resident meets 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) identified by the Portland Housing Bureau then they are eligible for a base rate Zone M permit.
  • Low-income self-certification does not apply for residents renewing more than one vehicle.

Residents that apply September 1, 2018 and after (who reside in buildings that received a certificate of occupancy prior to August 7, 2013)

  • Limit of one permit per licensed driver, maximum of three permits per address
  • Permits will cost $180 per permit
  • Residents may qualify for a reduced permit fee based on financial hardship or reduced income. There will be a low-income provision available. If the resident meets 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) identified by the Portland Housing Bureau then they are eligible for a base rate Zone M permit.

Newer Residential Buildings in Zone M

Residential buildings that obtained their certificate of occupancy after August 7, 2013 will be limited to:

  • .6 permits per number of units in the building

Residential buildings that obtained their certificate of occupancy September 1, 2017 or after will be limited to:

  • .4 permits per number of units in the building

Residential Opt Out Incentive – Funded by Permit Surcharge

If a resident chooses to not renew their parking permit, they can opt to receive a Transportation Wallet which includes:

  • $100 TriMet Hop Card
  • Annual BIKETOWN Membership
  • Annual Portland Streetcar Pass