Parking Changes on the Horizon

Many of our streets in older neighborhoods were built at a time when the two-car family was the exception rather than the rule. As a matter of fact, today, it’s more common for every member of the family over 18 to have his or her own vehicle.

Parking problems have long been issues in our communities and a good part of my transportation staffer’s time is spent trying to sort through the maze of VDOT, County, and police parking regulations.

The 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly gave Fairfax County the some additional flexibility in managing parking on local streets. One of the most important changes would prohibit vehicles from parking within 20 feet of an intersection or crosswalk. This change would help with line of sight and other safety issues. Up until now, restricting parking within 20 feet of an intersection or crosswalk required VDOT approval and specific signage in a cumbersome process that did not always have the desired result.

A public hearing will be scheduled later this fall and I look forward to seeing these new restrictions in place to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods.


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