2018-2019 Pilot Program

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After strong public input and interest expressed by various neighborhood groups, and pending Council approval, City staff may launch pilot Neighborhood Parking Programs once the new Foundry Place Parking Garage opens in mid-October.  The pilot programs would likely take place in the South End and the Islington Creek neighborhoods, for a duration of one year.  Under an NPP program, people living in the neighborhood who wish to park on the street longer than the designated time limit would need to display a permit from the City on their vehicle, according to a draft of the program that was presented at the September 6, 2018 Parking and Traffic Safety Committee meeting.

October 2018 Neighborhood Meetings

The Department of Public Works and the Parking Division would like to thank participants from the Islington Creek and South End neighborhoods for contributing their thoughts during a series of Town Hall meetings held on 10.4.18 (Islington Creek Neighborhood) and 10.11.18 (South End Neighborhood). Communication with members of each community is vital to the development of a program that works best for each neighborhood’s specific needs.

Background

Based upon the responses received through the Neighborhood Parking Program Online Survey, a set of Program Parameters was developed.  Meetings with representatives from each Neighborhood further refined those parameters, resulting in the iteration of the programs discussed at each of the Town Hall Meetings.

Next Steps

Information gathered at the Town Hall meetings will be incorporated into each Neighborhood-specific program plan for further review.

Below you can access links to the handouts made available at each meeting, which represent the iteration of the program discussed at each Town Hall Meeting.

HANDOUTS

Islington Creek Neighborhood (10.4.18)

South End Neighborhood (10.11.18)

Proposed Requirements for a Neighborhood Parking Program (NPP)

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If your neighborhood is considering becoming an NPP District, the following would be required:

  • Each request must be made by a Neighborhood Association registered with the Citywide Neighborhood Committee.
  • Each Association is responsible for contacting its residents, circulating a petition, and obtaining signatures for a minimum of 75% of households within the NPP District.  A ‘household’ is defined as a legal, single-family residential address.
  • The petition must encompass a complete neighborhood as registered with the Citywide Neighborhood Committee.  This requirement may be amended due to circumstances unique to a specific area.
  • The Parking and Traffic Safety Committee will evaluate the petition request, ensure that all petition requirements are met, and make a recommendation to City Council.

Spring 2018 Community Survey

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In February 2018, City staff presented the logistics of a potential Neighborhood Parking Program (NPP) to discuss various factors and requirements involved to implement such a program.  Following discussions at both a City Council Work Session, and at a Citywide Neighborhood Committee, the Parking Division released an online survey in Spring 2018 to collect thoughts and feedback from Portsmouth residents on a potential program.

The survey was an initial tool to not only receive public input but to assist residents in understanding the many factors to consider when implementing a Neighborhood Parking Program, such as associated costs and enforcement that could be involved, and how other groups such as Portsmouth workers and visitors might be affected. 

Survey Results

The City received almost 400 responses to the survey. Below are a few proposed program parameters that were suggested by the majority of survey participants:

  • Pilot programs should be executed in the FOSE (Friends of South End) and Islington Creek neighborhoods
  • Property owners and renters should both be eligible to sign a petition
  • Permits should be available to single family residences, renters of apartments, businesses located in NPP neighborhoods, and properties with driveways
  • Programs should be neighborhood-specific
  • Two permits should be allowed per household and one guest permit should be allowed per household
  • Enforcement should be 24/7 (NOTE: a close, second majority suggested enforcement 7am-7pm daily)
  • Violators should be ticketed on first two offenses, towed on third offense
  • NPP should be free (NOTE: a close, second majority suggested a revenue neutral pricing platform)
  • NPP residents should be allowed three or more event passes
  • Participation in the program should NOT be mandatory
  • Rules should be the same for ADA