German Village Gazette

Village seeking moratorium on requests for permit parking


The German Village Society is looking to tackle the neighborhood's long-standing parking issues while seeking a permit-parking request moratorium in the process.

The Society has formed a subcommittee that will conduct a visual survey of all streets in the village to determine how much parking is available.

So, the society has asked the city to halt any new permit-parking requests for 12 months while the committee comes up with its master plan.

"Obviously this all takes time to put together," said Tim Bibler, who is chairman of the committee.

"The moratorium gives us a chance to step back and say, 'What do we have?' "

Randy Bowman, administrator of the city's mobility options division, said any moratorium must be approved by City Council, as code does not give the director of public service that authority.

Bowman said German Village is the second urban community to make such a request.

The first one came from the Short North and is currently under review by council.

"I think this is just a sign of the times, with reinvestment, with change, with turnover of ownership of properties," Bowman said.

As with any call for permit parking, the Transportation and Pedestrian Commission will make a recommendation on the moratorium requests, he said.

Bibler said the committee could become part of the discussion process when someone petitions for permit parking.

The master plan will help the city make its decisions on which, if any, permit-parking restrictions are best for all involved, he said.

Parking -- or lack of it -- has been an inexhaustible source of frustration for many residents, visitors and businesses.

Recently, Paul and Terri Carlson led an unsuccessful petition drive to get the city to implement permit parking on Kossuth Street between Mohawk and Fifth streets. Also, the city began enforcement of a parking ban in many alleys and streets, which, some have said, has taken away valuable parking.

"Parking congestion is certainly not new to German Village, but some recent changes have brought the neighborhood's attention back to it," said Shiloh Todorov, German Village Society director.

"The city had to close several alleys last fall to accommodate emergency and trash trucks, and that pushed quite a few cars out onto the streets," Todorov said.

"Since then, there has been an uptick in the number of permit changes requested along village streets."