Alamo Square neighbors petition for parking perk

| April 15, 2013
An Alamo Square parking zone would keep nonresidents from parking for more than two hours during the day. - ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • An Alamo Square parking zone would keep nonresidents from parking for more than two hours during the day.

Residents of the Alamo Square neighborhood could be required to spend more than $100 each year to park near their houses — an idea that could open up spaces in the heavily visited area.

An online petition is asking the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages on-street parking, to add a new residential parking permit zone to the neighborhood.

The proposed permit area would be bordered by Page Street to the south, Masonic Avenue to the west, McAllister Street to the north and Webster Street to the east.

Currently, there are no parking restrictions in the area. As a result, more than half of the cars parked in the area are not registered to the neighborhood’s ZIP code, according to the online petition. Additionally, the petition estimates roughly 90 percent of the legal street parking is occupied throughout the day by cars that are not moved.

Creating a new permit area isn’t easy. First, residents must begin a petition to establish a permit area. To be approved, more than 50 percent of households in affected areas must sign the petition, according to transit agency spokesman Paul Rose.

Additionally, the area up for consideration must be near existing permitted areas to which the area can be added. Alamo Square is surrounded by four other parking zones.

Once the criteria are met, the petition can be submitted for review by the transit agency, which will review the petition, conduct a field study and hold a public hearing. If approved by the board of directors, signs will be put into place and permits issued. This process can take up to six months after the petition is submitted.

A parking zone would allow qualifying residents to park without restrictions. For drivers without permits, a two-hour limit would be enforced Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Residents have argued for and against the initiative. On an Alamo Square neighborhood group’s Facebook page, one resident said he was going to “campaign hard” for this to happen.

“I feel for those who work in the area and will have to find a new place to park, but I think we need to do what’s best for folks that live here and have to deal with the horrible parking situation every single day,” Ryan Hundley stated in a January post.

Those against permits argue the problem is with parking after 5 p.m., when most residential restrictions no longer apply.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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