Not every street within the proposed area would be subject to residential parking permits
Via Bob Conner comes word that a bill allowing residential parking permits near the Empire State Plaza is moving through the legislature again.
Among the bill's provisions:
+ The City of Albany would be allowed to "pilot a residential parking permit system with a two year sunset" within a 3/4 mile radius of the ESP.
+ No more than 2,750 spaces would be allowed in the permitted area.
+ Permit parking would not be allowed on streets where adjacent properties are zoned "commercial, office [and]/or retail use."
(The full text of the bill's provisions is after the jump.)
One possible hitch:
the Assembly version of the bill differs from the Senate version in the size of the allowed area for permits -- 3/4 mile vs. 1 mile. Bob reports that CSEA dropped its opposition to the bill because of the reduced radius. Update: Albany common councilman Richard Conti stopped by in the comments to note the Senate bill is identical to the Assembly bill and includes the 3/4 mile radius (it appears the Open Senate entry for the bill hasn't been completely updated, yet).
Jerry Jennings told AOA last October that he wants permit parking -- and would pursue it if the legislature allowed it.
From Open Senate:
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing a pilot residential parking permit system in the city of Albany and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides for the city of Albany to adopt a pilot residential parking permit system within certain areas of the city.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Legislative findings and intent.
Section 2: Amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section 1640-1, which would allow the common council of the city of Albany to adopt a local ordinance to provide for pilot a residential parking permit system with a two year sunset. Requires that the residential parking system may only be established within a 3/4 mile radius of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Permits will be issued on no more than 2,750 spaces within the permit areas. The permitted streets within this area shall be described in a local law or ordinance adopted by the common council pursuant to this section. Provides that no permit will be required on streets Where the adjacent properties are zoned for commercial, office acid/or retail use. Outline's the local law or ordi nances to be adopted by the common council of the city of Albany. Provides for a public hearing prior to implementation.
Section 3: Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This is a two-year pilot program that attempts to allevi ate the parking problems faced by downtown residents. Parking and the lack of it in the city of Albany is a growing problem in many areas of the city. An expanding workforce within the city, the proliferation of a large student population and a lack of driveways for pre-automobile homes has resulted in a glut of automobiles on city streets. This leaves the residents of the City with the almost impossible task of parking near their homes.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009 passed Assembly. Similar legislation has been introduced for many years.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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