ALBANY, NY (WTEN) - Albany revealed its proposed parking permit plan on Friday.
Zone A - The neighborhoods generally west of the Empire State Plaza and consisting of designated streets within the neighborhoods identified as Center Square, Hudson/Park, Park South and Washington Park.
Zone B - The neighborhoods generally east of the Empire State Plaza and south of State Street and consisting of designated streets within the neighborhoods identified as Mansion and Pastures.
Zone C - The neighborhoods generally east of the Empire State Plaza and north of State Street and consisting of designated streets within the neighborhoods identified as Ten Broeck Triangle.
Duration of the System
The system would be in effect Monday through Friday (except for legal holidays) from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Permit designated streets would allow two-hour short-term parking during the permit period (M-F; 8 AM - 6 PM). Vehicles displaying a valid permit are allowed to park all day.
Permit Eligibility and Issuance
Resident Permits - Issued to residents residing within the permit area based on submission of adequate proof of residency and would be coded to the resident's motor vehicle.
Visitor Permits - Issued to a resident upon purchase of a resident permit associated with the resident's motor vehicle; resident's who do not own a vehicle, or who choose not to purchase a resident permit would be able to purchase a visitor permit upon proof of residency within the permit area. Visitor permits are for the use of visitors to a residence within a permit area during permit hours and should be used on streets in proximity to the resident's home.
Merchant/Business Permits - Issued to persons who own or lease real property within a permit area who are not residents but own or lease the property for the purpose of managing a commercial enterprise or professional office there.
All fees are required to be deposited to the General Fund. An annual fee of $25 for Resident and Merchant/Business Permits and an annual fee of $10 for Visitor Permits which are separately purchased is established.
In addition to penalties for overtime parking, there are also penalties for fraudulent or unauthorized use of a permit which would include a fine not to exceed $250 and/or suspension of residential parking permit privileges for a period not to exceed six months.
Designation of Streets and Allocation of Designated Spots
Streets designated as permit streets may only be those abutting residentially zoned property. State law limits the number of designated spaces to 2,750.
Implementation Issues & Evaluation
The permit system will require a defined time-line for implementation, which should include an education/public awareness component to ensure compliance upfront. There will be an evaluation of the system six months after implementation and annually thereafter.
In addition, the Chief of Police, or his designee, will periodically review and assess on-street parking patterns within the residential parking permit areas and those residential areas adjacent to such permit areas and recommend or take such actions as necessary, within his authority to regulate traffic and parking within the city, to address parking or traffic patterns which may prove a nuisance for certain impacted neighborhoods.
See the Albany website for more details on the permit parking plan.