City of Burnsville to Revisit Overnight Parking Ban

October 08, 2017 10:38 PM

The city of Burnsville has had an ordinance banning on-street parking between 2-6 a.m. since 1983.

The rule was adopted primarily to prohibit over-the-road truckers from parking semitrailer rigs in residential neighborhoods, but also to prevent people from parking cars permanently on city streets. Enforcement falls to the Burnsville Police Department.


"A person has to notify City Hall and receive approval or a permit to allow that parking," Council Member Dan Kealey said.

Now, Kealey aims to amend the ordinance to make the overnight ban seasonal and not year-round.

"In the initial discussion with (the City Council), we've had a little bit of dialogue to say, 'We don't have to be November to April as other cities are -- we can tighten that window up to make sure that we stay out of the potential snowfall or early snowfall types of situations,'" he said.

The police, fire, public works and community development departments all believe benefits afforded by the year-round ban outweigh benefits from a seasonal ban, and recommend against changing the ordinance.

Burnsville isn't alone, however. Apple Valley also has a year-round overnight restriction. But such other suburbs as Edina, Bloomington, Lakeville and Brooklyn Park enforce either seasonal or snow emergency-type overnight restrictions. 

Melissa Stone and her family have called Burnsville home for 17 years. She said she understands the city's overnight parking ban and feels that it's reasonable. At the same time, she says she's not against the seasonal option.

"If it's during just those summer months, I don't see why that would be an issue," Stone said.

The City Council will discuss the issue at its Tuesday meeting.


Todd Wilson

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