posted Feb 6, 2010, 9:41 AM by WNCA OWNER
updated Jun 9, 2011, 2:59 PM
May 5th, 2010 Update - WNCA Permit Parking Program Approved at Monthly Meeting
I am happy to announce the permit parking proposal was approved at the May 3rd, 2010 WNCA general meeting with 32 approve votes and 3 against votes.
This proposal will now go to Councilman Jones' office for his approval. This is a major step in our area getting a permit parking program that is suited for needs of the neighborhood. This has been accomplished with countless hours by the members of the Parking/Traffic Committee and with the support of the community.
While far from over, the committee was able to come up with a fair plan for our diverse population that focuses on the safety of the neighborhood and giving residents priority to street parking.
As this process continues the Parking/Traffic Committee will keep everyone informed of our progress.
Thank you all for your support.
Introduction from Drew Bantly, WNCA President:
THE BELOW IS A COPY OF THE PLANNED PROPOSAL, NOT THE FINAL VERSION
On behalf of the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association (WNCA) we have put together a Permit Parking Program which
focuses on the reduction of local parking congestion in our area
improves safety by allowing room for emergency vehicles
creates a parking environment which serves the needs of long term residents
encourages economic development in the neighborhood
The program focuses on times from the early evening to early morning, when finding parking within the civic's borders is difficult. Prompted by the recent zoning approval of the Terrace Court Condominiums at 3818-32 Terrace Street, the WNCA surveyed the community for input regarding whether or not they would support a permit parking program. With an overwhelming majority agreeing that a permit program is necessary, the Civic spoke with Councilman Jones, Jr. about implementing a plan tailored to the neighborhood's specific needs/desires. This plan is different from any other parking programs that have been tried before. The plan focuses on the diverse population of our area, ensuring all members of the community have access to the program.
At the February 1st monthly WNCA meeting at Pilgrim Church, the Civic discussed the current program plan with the public. The Councilman’s office has offered their support for this plan but it is NOT the final initiative. You still have the ability to voice your opinion on the plan. Our goal is to have the final plan determined by the March 1st meeting and voted by civic members for approval during the April 5th meeting.
In order to vote, you must be an active, paid member of the Civic as of March 1st, 2010.
The below is an outline of our proposal. Many of the items outlined are similar to a traditional PPA plan, but as many of you know it is very difficult to get a PPA plan passed in our neighborhood. The details within the plan were determined by incorporating feedback from residents and feedback from the Councilman’s office. BUT AGAIN THE FINAL PLAN IS NOT SET AND NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK NOW.
Thank you for your time and effort in developing this important proposal for your neighborhood.
The borders for this initial parking permit plan is as follows:
Northern Boundary: Manayunk Avenue (North side)
Eastern Boundary: Ridge Avenue (Western side only)
Southern Boundary: Cresson Street (both sides)
Western Boundary: Shurs Lane (Eastern side only) and Salaignac Street
This area will also include streets that do not require a permit.
Please see map at the end to see the area to be covered at this time.
The borders were determined by the feedback from the surveys. Other areas of the civic are not being included at this time because of low or no feedback for those areas. Additional areas can be added later if interest and need increases.
Schedule of the Permit Program
The permit parking program will be Daily 6:00PM-6:00AM.
The program will run on a July 1st – June 30th calendar.
Permits Per Residence
The number of annual permits per residency is limited to 3.
If the residency is part of a condominium or apartment complex (more than three units) then the residency is only able to acquire one permit. Apartment complexes and condominiums with more than 10 units are not able to request permits through this program.
Homes with a garage or off-street parking spaces are only able to acquire one parking permit.
Houses with handicap parking are able to acquire permit parking based on the above criteria.
Permits cannot be acquired by a business for their employees or patrons.
Permits are not transferable.
Permits will not be issued to any vehicle with one or more outstanding parking citations within the city of Philadelphia.
Special permits are available for caregivers. Definition of a caregiver is an individual who provides health care or other related essential services on a regular basis for the resident applicant.
Special permits are given to emergency contractors when the contractor holds a Pennsylvania Contractor’s license for a trade related to the service (electrical, plumbing, etc.)
Permit Requirements and Definitions
Permit program is open to residents living within the boundaries of the district.
When voting and applying for a permit, the individual must show proof of residency within the district.
Proof required for a car registered in Philadelphia is the individual’s photo ID and vehicle registration showing residency within the districts borders and at the same address.
Persons requesting a permit for a car not registered to an address within the district are required to provide the following forms of identification, residency, and registration:
Proof the vehicle is registered to the individual requesting the permit,
Valid form of photo identification,
A current signed lease with the individual’s signature and the landlord's name and address
If the individual is a student at a local college or university they must also show evidence of current/active enrollment.
Individuals requesting a permit for a commercial vehicle must have a valid PA license with the proof of residency at the requested address. Vehicle must also be registered at the requested address.
Temporary Resident - In order to be considered a temporary resident, the applicant must have evidence of a current, signed lease with photo id.
(need to see that the applicant is 1. On the lease and 2. The person whose signature is on the lease). For tenants renting a property within a permit-restricted area, a copy of the lease in the tenant’s name MUST be provided in order to verify residency, along with a picture ID. Once proof of residency has been established, the resident must complete an application.
Long term Resident - Application must show evidence of ownership (mortgage, deed, etc.), vehicle registration to the residency (insurance must also be registered by law), Philadelphia tax return and/or a lease which includes a term of more than 18 months.
Senior Citizen - Long term residents over the age of 65, with a vehicle registered to the property which is considered the resident's permanent address.
Caregiver - Persons who provide health care or other related essential services on a regular basis for the resident applicant. Caregivers must have approval from the long term resident in the residency. The caregiver may fill out an online or paper form which details the address, name, etc. of the "caregivee". The WNCA reserves the right to corroborate this via phone and/or in person.
Contractor - must have a contractor's license and/or a signed contract for the property upon request. Alternatively, contactors may fill out a form online which stipulates the estimated time frame, the address, and the resident being served.
Apartment Complex - Properties which have more than 3 kitchens and which offer off-street parking.
Cost of the program for cars registered to the district address $35.00 for the first year, and then $20.00 every year thereafter. All cars at the address must be registered at the address for this to occur.
For cars not registered to the address requesting the permit, the cost of the program is $50.00 for the first car, $75.00 for the second car and $100.00 for the third car. This occurs every year. If any vehicle is not registered at the requesting address then this cost structure is in affect.
Permits are free for senior citizens, however seniors must still demonstrate the vehicle is registered in the name of the person requesting the permit.
Note: The visitor pass program will be consistent with the current PPA visitor passes program.
Each residency is able to get a 15 day pass for $15.00. A second 15 day pass is available immediately after expiration of the first 15 day pass. After the second pass, a residency must wait 45 days before getting another 15 day pass. Currently, you must get this pass at the PPA offices, and must give the vehicle information of the one receiving the pass. Visitors themselves do not have to have a permit in order get a visitors pass.
An individual can also get a visitor pass by purchasing a 5 ticket pass, where each pass is good for any one day. The 5 ticket pass will be available for a cost of $35.00/pack. The ticket works by scratching off the date and placing the card in the dash of the car. After purchasing a 5 ticket pass, a residency must wait 60 days before the ability to purchase another packet of tickets. The unused ticket is good for one year until it expires. The civic is hoping we can get this extended to 10 ticket passes per residency.
Non-permit parking (i.e. ability to park without a permit) within the district area will be available on the train track side of Cresson Street and Ridge Avenue.
Plan is to be enforced by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Click on the above map to be taken to a larger image.