St. Paul Considers Changes to Neighborhood Parking Rules

June 19, 2018 10:23 PM

St. Paul is growing and with those growing pains comes a bit of a crunch on parking spaces in designated residential parking permit areas. The city is considering changing the rules in those 27 neighborhoods.

St. Paul Public Works Department spokesperson, Lisa Hiebert, said the city has not re-evaluated the neighborhood parking permit rules and regulations in over three decades.

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"We are trying to simplify and standardize residential parking permit rules across the city," Hiebert said. "We hired a consultant to study the issue and make some recommendations and we are holding public hearings to inform people about the proposed changes."

One neighborhood, or Area 7, has a proposed change which would make portions of Goodrich and Dayton Avenues restricted parking for residents only and it has been met with mixed reviews.

Julie Shere told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS parking in front of her house, on Goodrich, has been a struggle with the success of businesses nearby and in the downtown area.

"A lot of people come to our street and park their cars to avoid paying high parking fees at events," Schere said. "And, I do not blame them at all, but it often means I cannot find a place to park by my home on weekends so I do like the idea of making this a residential permit area."

Others, like Craig Johnson just down the street from Shere, are not as excited about seeing a change.

"I would rather see Goodrich and Dayton stay completely open to the public for parking," Johnson said. "I really do not want to have to deal with a permit and then making sure my friends who come over to visit have a permit as well."

Along West 7th Street, just across from the Dayton and Goodrich area, are five businesses that would rather see a compromise to make sure their customers still have a way to park easily.

Greg Ekbom has owned and operated the Day by Day Cafe for over 30 years, and he is pushing for the compromise which he thinks benefits all sides.

"If we allow customers to park on Dayton and Goodrich, with a two-hour limit during the day, I think it will help businesses here keep their customers and still give residents the neighborhood parking they need and deserve," Ekbom said.

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The city council could take a vote after Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. public hearing at St. Paul City Hall, but it is likely the council will hear testimony and vote the following week on the proposed changes.

The city said the cost of residential parking permits will not change and remain at $15 each.

To view the residential permit parking maps, click here.

For more information regarding St. Paul permit parking, click here.

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