Update as of: February 3, 2021
The city is still getting organized and process has not yet started – we will let everyone know what is happening and when to expect the first round of postcards.
Due to budget constraints, patrols will be slightly reduced in RPP zones until further notice. However, all parking restrictions will be enforced
The city is coordinating with the JWN to create an online process to replace normal door-to-door volunteer canvasing. All residences will get a mail notification, those who fail to vote will get a reminder, and finally those still have not voted will get a flyer. See detail below.
For specific questions that are not answered here or on the City of Eugene website, contact us.
One of the top complaints from neighbors is problematic vehicle-based behaviors: long-term car camping (in excess of 72 hours); abandoned vehicles; and remotely stored vehicles (by non-residents); and unsafely parked vehicles (wrong way parking). These problems require a high degree of intervention to get the city to take action and consume a disproportionate amount of Board time. Enforcement and mitigation are slow due a variety issues with how the law and city code work as well as insufficient resources. A RPP zone can solve these issues by having dedicated parking patrols during the week. Instead of a patchwork of complicated rules and jurisdictions, vehicles that are parked for over 3 hours without an ePermit (tied to the license plate) are cited and appropriate actions taken. The violation is via the lack of a permit, not any underlying issue.
Pre-COVID, residents around Monroe Park started investigating an RPP program and Travis Hargitt (Parking Services Operations Manager among other positions) has attended two General meetings. As part of this process, the city runs-the-numbers to see if a RPP Zone is economically viable. Based on an estimation of 80% of people buying permits, the city calculates the level enforcement and the size of a RPP required to pay for itself. RPP zones do not generate extra income via fines or fees, they just need to pay for themselves. Based on these calculations, we have expanded the size of the proposed RPP in order to keep the cost at the minimum of $40 per vehicle per year ($3 per week). Short term permits for non-residents are available and you can get up to five permits per lot.
Is this really a Problem?
Yes, residents have had people living in vans and RVs in their front yards for weeks or longer, often using their parking strip as their front porch, toilet, and garbage dump. There is often crime and late-night noise involved. Getting the city to move these campers can be a long and convoluted process. However, since enforcement is during business hours, those who simply need a place to sleep in their vehicles that arrive in the evening and leave in the morning won’t be impacted. An RPP zone is not anti-homeless, it simply prevents the worst behaviors.
Abandoned cars and vehicles simply left stored for convenience in the JWN by non-residence can take months to cited and removed. Wrong way parked vehicles are serious safety issue, especially for cyclists, as people are not expecting vehicles to being moving against the flow of traffic.
The permits pay for the patrols and signage. Citations comprise less that 20% of revenue.
Why Consider a Permit Zone?
- Parking control officers do not ordinarily patrol areas without a permit zone because the zone pays for the officer’s time. So, parking rules are more evenly enforced, which improves street safety.
- Permits eliminate multi-day car camping, but do allow for “one-and-done” overnight sleeping in vehicles because there is no overnight enforcement. This mitigates problematic car camping behavior while not burdening respectful campers.
- Permits eliminate “remote storage” of vehicles.
- Permits expedite the removal of abandoned vehicles.
- Permits create a cost for what might be an extra vehicle, thus encouraging people to donate or sell it.
- Permits encourage people to use available off-street parking, thus freeing up on-street parking for guests and those with no other options.
- Residential on-street parking is a benefit that is paid by all but used by just some.
Issues with Permit Parking
- Costs: Even a minimal cost is still an extra expenditure, which can be an added burden for low-income residents.
- Hassle: Having to take the time to get a permit and renew it.
- Equity: If you have no off-street parking where you live, you are forced into buying a permit whereas those with off-street parking do not.
Final Proposed Zone
A neighbor (wanted to be included) pointed out that the original proposed zone stopped just one block west of the JWN boundary (something we had not noticed) so it seems reasonable to just expand it to the border.
Original Proposed Zone Area
Proposed/rules based on city standards
- Days per week: Monday through Sunday
- Hours per day 24: enforced 8-6 (approximately) Monday-Saturday (may expand). You can park over-night and as long as you are gone by 9 you are okay.
- Free parking no permit: 3 hours
What does it cost?
- $40 per permit per year (currently)*.
- That comes to: .18 cents per day, .76 cents a week, or $5.33 a month
Who can get a permit?
- You must be able to prove residency (same requirements as a library card)
- Residences and permits are determined by tax lot
- The process is 100% online (no stickers/based on license plates).
How does it work?
- Maximum of 5 yearly permits (can get two year permits on request for homeowners or long-term renters [4+ years]) per tax lot.
- *You can assign up unlimited vehicles per permit, but only one can use it at a time
- Up to 30 single day use permits per month (free) per tax lot. You can assign as many single-day permits at a time (so a guest that stays for a week would use up 7 single day permits)
- More than a single day guest permit or over the 30 permits may be obtained by calling. For example, a free service permit for contractors or home healthcare staff based on the contract.
How does the process work?
- Tentative boundaries are submitted to Parking who calculates if the zone is financially viable (pays for itself via permits).
- Basic rules are proposed.
- All residences are notified via postcard within the proposed zone + 2 blocks in every direction.
- Eligible residents and owners vote via an online portal.
- Lease holders (on contract) get half a vote (if 5 people, they get ½ vote)
- All Lease holders (on contract) in multifamily dwellings + get half a vote.
- Dwelling owners get half a vote.
- Owner occupiers get a full vote.
- Half vote if house on corner for each street.
- The vote is simple majority but technically advisory, the traffic engineer has the final say based on set criteria if the vote is close.
What if I don’t want to be in the permit zone?
- Before the zone is established you can file a request to be exempted. However, this means the street in front of your property will be clearly excluded from the zone by signage so if likely to attract a lot of vehicles. No recommended.
- Area directly outside a permit zone tend to get bigger parking impacts.
Neighborhood Notification Timeline
- The RPP has been in discussion since 2019.
- Travis Hargitt CPM, Operations Manager/ Parksmart Advisor, City of Eugene Parking Services, presented at the November 2019 General meeting
- A detailed discussion (pro-and con) was in the November 2019 eNews.
- A detailed article, “Residential Parking Permit Zones: The Upsides & Downsides,” was in the Winter 2020 newsletter mailed to every JWN address.
- Hargitt was back for the June 2020 GM.
- It was also discussed in the September (survey link posted), October, November, December 2020 eNews; in the January 2020. Also posted via social media and on NextDoor. We reported survey responses in the September GM meeting.
- Survey: The turnout was low (50) and results mixed so it did not tell us much. It asked neighbors both inside and outside the proposed RPP zone (note the proposed zone was initially smaller) if they supported or opposed it. Inside the zone 19 supported and 21 did not support it. Eight people within two blocks of the zone supported it and none opposed.
- Due to cost considerations and demands, the proposed RPP was slightly expanded first to Washington in the east and then to Lawrence to take us to the edge of the JWN (as that seemed to make the most sense), also on the south from 12th to 13th and from Van Buren to Tyler in the west.
Existing JWN RPP Zones
I hope everyone appreciates what it took to get this implemented and the benefits of the parking program. We did our block about 8 years ago and it has meant no more long term storage of vehicles (nearby apartment charges for parking), far fewer stolen cars dumped, and much less long-term car camping. Thanks you to the JWN board for navigating this for the neighborhood association.
We have had the Residential Parking Program on our block for many years and it’s a small price to pay for reducing the number of cars stored on our street, especially when the neighboring apartment building charges its tenants for parking. It has reduced the number of cars stored long-term, reduced illegal car-camping and made it easier for friends to visit (back when “visiting” was something we could do). It’s been especially helpful for friends who have kids, mobility issues or those lugging a lot of stuff, to have available parking nearby.