Permit parking could require greater consensus of Philly residents
December 5, 2012By Tom MacDonald
Philadelphia residents looking to bring neighborhood parking permits to their block might be facing a tougher battle.
Neighborhood permits allow cars with stickers to stay put indefinitely while imposing time limits on other vehicles.
Existing law requires only 51 percent of a block's residents to agree that permit parking should be established. The Philadelphia Parking Authority was considering boosting that to 70 percent.
Richard Dickson, deputy executive director of the authority, says the target is now 60 percent.
"We think that would adequately address the needs of trying to reach a broader consensus among the residents but at the same time not have a threshold that is so high that it's prohibitive to get blocks posted," Dickson said,
Dickson says it's not uncommon for neighbors on the same block to argue vehemently for or against permit parking.
After its approval by the Streets Committee of City Council, the bill now goes to the full council for consideration.