Residential Permit Parking District Ordinance Amendment


Joint Board Matter, Chairman Bulova and Supervisor Cook

Residential Permit Parking District Ordinance Amendment

Madame Chairman:

Last month, the Board unanimously adopted the first part of our four part plan to address a dangerous and debilitating parking condition in Kings Park West, caused by the excessive parking of students at George Mason University. The second and third parts of our plan require an ordinance amendment, and I have been working with you and county staff to make these next steps a reality. 

In that regard, two townhouse communities located near the George Mason University campus have been experiencing significant parking problems in their communities and on Tapestry Drive, which is adjacent to both of their developments and is used by the townhouse residents for overflow parking. Staff has advised me that this portion of Tapestry Drive does not currently qualify under the Residential Permit Parking District Ordinance for restricted permit parking because it does not contain any residential addresses. The part of Tapestry Drive that includes residential addresses is now part of RPPD No. 40, adopted by the Board on December 7, 2009.  The Board's action in adopting RPPD No. 40 was the first in our four part plan, and predictably increased the parking problem for the two adjacent townhouse communities. RPPDs have, until now, been limited to local streets with residential addresses of single-family dwellings. 

However, the situation that I have described for these townhouse communities that are close to a university campus warrants this Board's consideration of a possible amendment to the RPPD Ordinance to address the situation.

Having consulted with county staff, I believe that an amendment to the RPPD Ordinance could be developed that would allow a townhouse community to create its own RPPD if its entrance is located within 2000 feet of a pedestrian entrance of a university or college and abuts or is adjacent to a local street that has no residential addresses.  This new RPPD would be processed in the same manner as a Temporary RPPD, a recently adopted amendment to the RPPD Ordinance that addresses temporary parking problems caused by short term impacts like construction projects.  I believe that the RPPD that I am proposing would not interfere with already established RPPDs because the restricted parking would be limited to the portion of the adjacent local street that has no residential addresses. 

Therefore, I MOVE that the Board direct staff to (1) prepare an amendment to the RPPD Ordinance in the Fairfax County Code that will allow the creation of an RPPD for townhouse communities based on the criteria that I mentioned above, which would be administered like a Temporary RPPD, and (2) bring the proposed RPPD Ordinance amendment back for authorization to advertise at the next Board meeting along with a proposal to create a RPPD for the townhouse communities adjacent to Tapestry Drive. 

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