Princeton Parking Permit Task Force Drops Another Ward
PRINCETON, NJ — Princeton’s Permit Parking Task Force on Monday removed another neighborhood from its list of proposed residential areas for a permit parking system.
The task force has abandoned its idea of having a limited number of paid parking spaces for employees in the Murray Place-Princeton Avenue area.
“The reason we made this change was based on feedback from the last meeting. We agree that it is unfair to impose new parking demands on employees in this neighborhood, setting it apart from all other neighborhoods” , said Councilor David Cohen, a member of the task force. To obligate.
The proposal is to implement the Witherspoon Jackson Street and Tree Street Parking Plan first as a pilot program. For this reason, the task force suggested not including residential streets on the south side of Nassau.
The pilot program will provide employees with regulated on-street parking at Witherspoon Jackson and Tree streets, at underutilized meters and on the lot at Westminster and MacLean streets, Cohen explained. These areas would together provide over 400 available parking spaces.
“Once we have this in place, we may find that we only receive requests for 300 employee parking spaces. That would actually be more than what we currently have in unregulated parking spaces “, Cohen said.
The pilot program will give the municipality an idea of the amount of parking needed for employees.
During the meeting, Council directed staff to begin preparing to reinstate overnight parking restrictions, which were suspended due to COVID-19.
Cohen also presented a “refined” proposal from the task force.
Here are the recommendations they made:
- Employee parking permits will be available at underutilized on-street meters and off-street lots, including Westminster Choir College and Maclean Street Municipal Lot.
- For all residential neighborhoods where parking demand from neighboring uses is moderate (whether commercial, private institutional or public school uses), establish a parking time limit accessible to both or three hours. Issue, upon request, a free 24-hour residential permit for residents without off-street parking and make available to such residents, as well as those with single-car entry, a 24-hour permit for a fee of $240 /year.
- In neighborhoods where on-street parking is more abundant, due to taller frontages and the absence of residences without entrances, 24-hour on-street permits may also be sold to residents with full entrances.
- On streets that are farther from commercial uses so as to experience little or no customer demand (but within reasonable walking distance of such uses), employee permits can be sold for $360/year, for a fraction of the total number of spaces on the block, calculated after subtracting free 24-hour residential permits. This will allow for adequate regular incidental residential parking, including service providers, visitors, and home maintenance and improvement contractors.
- On streets even further away from commercial and institutional sources of parking demand, continue to allow unregulated parking for all, as is currently the case.
Councilwoman Leticia Fraga, also a member of the task force, and Cohen asked council to reauthorize the task force and extend its operation through the new year. Mayor Mark Freda suggests the matter be discussed at the regular council meeting.
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