Why should residents have to pay for permits to park in front of their own homes when they already pay such high taxes?

The new permit parking proposal, which applies only in the Witherspoon-Jackson and Tree Streets neighborhoods, offers one free permit for each residence lacking a driveway. In addition, free parking for up to three hours will be permitted for everyone. Second permits to park on the street for longer periods of time, and permits for residences with a single-space driveway will cost $20/month. With the increasing risk of dire effects of climate change, we are trying to strike a balance between easing residents’ parking stress and not actually encouraging more car ownership and carbon emissions by providing overly generous permit availability.

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1. Why should residents have to pay for permits to park in front of their own homes when they already pay such high taxes?
2. Are discounts on permit fees available for low-income residents?
3. The municipality paid an expert consultant, Nelson-Nygaard, three years ago to study our parking system and make recommendations on how to update it and make it work better. What did this consultant
4. Why should the municipality subsidize employee parking?
5. How will day and overnight parking impact municipal services such as garbage collection, snow removal and brush/leaf pickup?
6. Why are neighborhoods that currently do not have a permit system in place being proposed for expansion of the permit program?
7. Will increasing the amount of parallel parking on roadways make them more dangerous and increase the number of crashes on these roads?
8. How will residents pay for the permit? What if they don’t have a credit card?
9. The 2017 study identified underutilized parking capacity. Why should we be expanding employee parking on residential streets before fully exploring options for more fully utilizing these off-street?
10. Can employees park at the all-day meters created when the new meter system was rolled out two years ago?
11. How much will employee permits cost? Will all employees be allowed to purchase permits?
12. Will the University and other institutions be eligible to purchase employee permits?
13. Where would the undergraduate and graduate students park their cars during the day and at night?
14. How many permits can a household purchase if they have a driveway?
15. For residents who live in apartments, how will it be determined who qualifies for permits?
16. Are there certain streets in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that will be exempt from parking restrictions?
17. How much would a permit cost if I have a guest?
18. What if I have multiple guests with more than one car?
19. What is the reason for increasing the parking limit from two to three hours?
20. Will the 3-hour grace period apply to evening hours as well as day?
21. Are landlords still responsible for providing/purchasing permits for their tenants?
22. How will the redevelopment of the Seminary land on Hibben and 206 affect parking?
23. Are hotels and housing developments required to provide parking for their guests and tenants?
24. How will home health aides and day care workers be allowed to park?
25. Is the removal of the High School Neighborhood and the Western Section from the proposal permanent?
26. Is the proposed plan more complicated than the existing regulations?
27. What is the financial impact of removing License Plate Reading (LPR) technology from the proposal?
28. How will contractor and other services provider parking be handled?
29. How many cars currently park on each of our residential streets Monday-Friday?
30. Approximately, what is the total estimated number of potential street level employer permit paying cars that would be parked on nearby residential streets?
31. What is the rationale and approach for allocation of employer-purchased parking places to address the anticipated gap between supply and demand?
32. How many additional employer permits will be granted to park on each neighborhood street if this proposed parking permit regulation is passed?
33. How will new expanded parking permits be issued? Will this only be done electronically or also using paper passes to be kept on the car's dashboard?
34. How will expanded permit residential parking be enforced?