From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F‘s Community Development Committee previewed possible changes to local parking regulations on March 27.
The announced topic was the Enhanced Residential Parking Pilot (ERPP) program, which was implemented last year in Logan Circle. But the discussion wandered to other topics, including citizens’ personal complaints about parking, the difficulties that Logan Circle churches are have with parking (the subject of last month’s meeting) and alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning.
Sherry Kimball, constituent services director for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, mentioned that plans were in the works to extend the premium demand zone for parking further up 14th Street NW, extending the hours that drivers must feed the meter. The premium demand zone currently ends at M Street NW, but will extend well into Borderstan if the proposed changes go through.
All metered parking spaces within the premium demand zone are in operation until 10 pm, as compared to 6:30 pm for the rest of the city, including (for now) Borderstan. The DC government will soon announce a 30-day comment period on this proposed change.
Joel Heisey, a Community Development Committee member, observed that resident parking permits were currently valid throughout entire wards, meaning that a resident of Logan Circle could, for example, use the resident parking permit to park as far away as Georgetown or Foggy Bottom. He asked Damon Harvey of the District Department of Transportation if there were plans to restrict the parking permits to ANC areas. Harvey said yes, but that he expected resistance to such a change.
“We are looking at it,” Harvey said. “But it is not a slam dunk.”
A member of the public from Columbia Street NW remarked on the need to personally go to police stations to get Visitor’s Parking passes.
“In an era when you can print out your boarding pass, you should be able to print out your parking pass,” he said.
Community Development Committee member Joyce Cowan endorsed this idea, but it is not clear if there are any plans to make it a reality.
The meeting was the second of three scheduled community forums on parking. The final meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle. The announced topic is visitor parking.