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Ferndale OKs Restricted Parking Zones Pilot Program for Residents

Wednesday meeting will allow residents to voice their concerns about the new restrictions.

During Monday night’s Ferndale City Council meeting, council approved a new pilot program enforcing in Ferndale.

The pilot program will run through April 30, 2013, and regulate parking each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., ticketing vehicles that park on those streets for more than a two-hour period and do not have a designated resident sticker.

Councilman Dan Martin explained that the city, in partnership with and with feedback of residents, looked at the longstanding complaint of parking in those areas, particularly the overflow of long-term parking that isn’t being done by residents.

The pilot program was designed as an attempt to address these issues over the course of the next year, he said.

Councilman Martin reinforced the idea that the pilot program engages residents' feedback, including a  pre-survey for residents to complete, the hearing and an evaluation period afterward.

“This is not by any means a solution to the overall parking situation within the city itself, but it is a step forward in addressing residents' concerns. It’s not the perfect solution, but I think it’s a good one to help alleviate congestion in those areas.”

The program features include the two-hour parking limits enforced, though it does not guarantee residents a parking spot on the streets.  Business customers parking in residential areas would likely be the target of tickets.

City Attorney Daniel Christ also added that the pilot program would allow for council’s consideration to include other streets that council, the city manager or petitioning residents bring up in the future.

Residents of particular neighborhoods in Ferndale are able to petition for a similar parking district, providing that 65 percent of the residents in the affected area are in agreement.

Luke Forrest, a Ferndale resident who lives on West Troy Street, addressed council to bring up the concern of visitor parking. He suggested guest permits in the pilot program or ordinance.

“We have a shared drive that can only accommodate one car for our household. We frequently have out-of-town guests that stay for multiple days and that could potentially be a problem,” he explained, citing other successful guest permit programs, such as in Royal Oak.

“I just want to make sure you consider the ordinance have some provisions for guest permits in some factor.”

The draft of this ordinance does not have guest provisions, Christ commented, though the council can make an amendment to address the issue at any meeting.

Councilwoman Melanie Piana echoed that the program will be evaluated as it progresses, to make appropriate changes or considerations.

Mayor David Coulter expressed his appreciation for the pilot program, thanking Councilman Martin for his work on the project that first came up two years ago.

“For us, this is a significant step forward that we’ve been looking forward to. I especially like the part of evaluation so see if we’re actually making a difference or not, instead of just throwing something out there,” Coulter said. “I look forward to the results.”

A follow-up hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for members of the public to voice their concerns and learn more about the pilot program. The meeting will be 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall chambers. 

Sara T. April 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Chicago neighborhoods use guest passes and that seems to have worked out well when I've used them to visit folks in that city. I used to live on W. Troy St. in the apartments at Allen and as soon as the Rosie O'Grady's moved to it's new location I no longer had a place to park Thursday night through Saturday night unless I left my car in one spot the whole weekend. It would be great to see some designated resident parking.
G-Money May 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
There are no apartments on West Troy at Allen.
Old Goat May 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Then what is that tall brick building next to Rosie's?
G-Money May 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Its not at Allen. It is not at the corner of Allen and West Troy. A better descriptor of the location would be that it is sandwiched between West Nine Mile and West Troy. It is in the downtown, central business district. I think Sara is trying to equate this apartment as being in a residential zone and that is why she is including Allen Rd as part of its description. This article is about restricted parking zones in residential areas. West Troy between Allen and Woodward, where one side of this building is , is not a residential zone (and neither is the other side). Ironically, the whole reason why the need arose to create these restricted parking zones was because of downtown related parking improperly using residentially zoned streets.
Bruce Channell May 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The City of Ferndale should build a parking garage on the lot behind Rosie O'Gradys at Troy and Allen about 4 stories tall and it would alleviate the parking problem that is occuring because of the popularity of the downtown businesses.Have it operate 24/7 and after a matter of a few years it would pay for itself with all of the parking fees generated.It would cause a disruption due to the construction but after a while that would all be forgotten.With the money that the City could get from the recently passed Headley Overide,they could sell bonds for the construction or just raise up the Overide money to 20 mills and build the parking garage.At the rate the downtown is growing,the bonds could be paid back in no time.Or I'm sure there are other ways of paying to have this parking garage built that would cost the citizens of Ferndale less so let's see somebody think of something other than complaining about the noise,parking,etc.
G-Money May 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
The city has thought of building a parking garage for a while now. They spent a lot of money thinking about it, hiring consulting firms to think about it, hiring people to see where we have more of a parking need, and where we don't. After all that, they picked a couple of potential spots to build a garage. I think there is a proposal of this somewhere on the city website. Then they were all ready to build it, but unfortunately then they realized they had already spent all the money they needed to build it. Wa-waaaaah : (

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