Community Parking District Meeting
Implementing a Large Area Community Parking District in Lee
Large trucks, boats, and recreational vehicles that park on neighborhood streets have long featured in the hit parade of community complaints. Until recently, communities wishing to restrict these vehicles from parking on their residential streets had to go through a lengthy and cumbersome process to get a Community Parking District (CPD) for specific streets in their area. The law of unintended consequences was often alive and well, with the end result likely to move the vehicles to another community just a few streets away.
Last March, the Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program in Mount Vernon District. This program created a large area CPD covering the entire district. Unlike a traditional CPD, the streamlined process did not require a citizen petition. Six months after the CPD was instituted, the Board of Supervisors received a successful status report; as a result every Fairfax County district now has the option of implementing this program.
These are the types of vehicles that would be prohibited from parking on residential streets in a district-wide CPD:
- Boat trailer
- Motor home
- Camping trailer
- Trailer or semi-trailer, even if attached to a vehicle
- Vehicle with three or more axles
- Vehicle weighing 12,000 pounds or more
- Vehicle transporting 16 or more passengers (except school busses)
There are definite advantages and disadvantages to a district-wide parking restriction and this is a decision that should be made by the Lee District community only after careful review.
At an information meeting held by the Lee District Association of Civic Organizations on January 28, Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff and Bob Otten, Supervisor of the Fairfax County Police Traffic Enforcement Division explained the program and answered questions. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to a district-wide parking restriction and whether it should be implemented in Lee is a decision that should be made by the Lee District community only after careful review. If you would like a presentation from County staff, my office would be glad to make the arrangements. I am encouraging every Lee District neighborhood to take the next few months to discuss the pros and cons of a district wide CPD and let me know if they wish to pursue this.
Also in the January 2009 Issue of Supervisor McKay’s Electronic Newsletter