Community Parking Program
Updated November 2, 2010
SDOT is wrapping up installation of the First Hill parking changes. You should be seeing new parking signs and more Zone 21 and Zone 7 blocks throughout the neighborhood.
The diagram below shows how to read the new signs and clarifies when you do and don’t have to pay for parking if you have a Zone 21 permit. The same rules would apply to Zone 7 signs and permits.
If you have any questions, contact Ruth Harper, (206) 684-4103, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please scroll down the page for more background information on the project.
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Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) Final Decision
The SDOT Traffic Management Division Director has made a final decision regarding the expansion of Zones 7 and 21 in First Hill. SDOT sent out a postcard with a map and information about the days and hours the zone will be in effect. SDOT notified all parties living within 300 feet of the proposed RPZ, and all other interested parties contacted during the parking study and development of the RPZ, by mail, e-mail and on the SDOT website. The final decision was published in the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Residents can download a permit application online, or request one by mail by calling the Traffic Permits Counter at (206) 684-5086.
How did we make a final decision on the RPZ changes?
The comment period regarding proposals to add multiple blocks to two existing RPZs in First Hill closed on June 4, 2010. This followed a public hearing on May 25, where four formal comments were made. SDOT received three additional comments via e-mail. A summary of all of these comments can be found here.
Parking changes coming to First Hill
In April 2010, SDOT finalized the First Hill parking plan and sent out a final plan mailer to notify project area residents, businesses, and property owners. Elements of the plan include:
How is this different from the draft plan?
After carefully considering public feedback, SDOT made adjustments to the draft plan. Over forty people took our online survey, and we received phone calls and emails from people with suggestions and thoughts on how the draft proposals would impact them. We also reviewed the plan with the First Hill Improvement Association at several meetings.
Specific changes include:
Q: How will adding paid parking to RPZs help residents?
A: The First Hill parking study found that most RPZ spaces are used by non-residents during the day, and that the 2-hour time limit is often not complied with. Changing from time limit signs to paid parking generally improves compliance. Better compliance means better turnover – which supports access for both residents and visitors.
Learn more about RPZs here .
Q: Why get rid of 1-hour time limit signs?
A: SDOT is moving toward standardizing short-term time limits to 2-hours. This will help make it more convenient and predictable from a visitor and customer standpoint. It will also improve parking enforcement’s efficiency.
SDOT hosts parking open house
In September 2009, SDOT hosted a First Hill & Capitol Hill parking open house to share ideas with the community on how to improve parking. Attendees provided valuable feedback that has helped shape the draft parking plan above.
Weren’t able to attend? Check out the links below to learn about what was discussed. Materials from September 2009 open house:
First Hill parking study findings
SDOT staff attended the June 13, 2009 First Hill Community Council meeting to share preliminary parking study findings.
Through the Community Parking Program, SDOT worked with First Hill stakeholders to develop a parking plan that balances neighborhood needs and meets City transportation and environmental goals.
Staff met with First Hill residents, businesses, and institutions to design a parking study and develop parking proposals.
A previous assessment in 2005 resulted in new paid parking blocks, time limit signs, and additional residential parking zone (RPZ) blocks. The work in 2009-2010 followed up on these efforts.