So, What’s This Enhanced Residential Permit Parking Program All About?

The 700 bock of Quebec Place NW. Its western end abuts businesses on Georgia Avenue

Parking — along with rats and crime — is a constant issue in the neighborhood. While some blocks have relatively few parking problems, on others residents compete with visitors on a daily basis. As new development continues to come to lower Georgia Avenue, residents living near the corridor will likely find that parking becomes more difficult to find rather than more plentiful and easier to locate.

In an attempt to give Ward 1 residents a leg up on finding parking near their homes, Councilmember Graham introduced legislation that would “enhance” residents living in the Ward and participating in the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program. The proposed legislation was first circulated for comment on June 17, 2011, with a second notice issued on November 11, 2011. The final rule was submitted to the D.C. Council on November 15, 2011, for a thirty-day review period, which expired without comment clearing the way for the Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP) to take effect.

Significantly, unlike the pilot programs, ERPP is equally available to ALL Ward 1 streets currently participating in the RPP program. Each Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) may “opt-out” from participating in the program, although there is no current deadline for when an ANC may do this. Should an ANC choose to do nothing, the ERPP program will be implemented within its boundaries. Again no timeline is currently known.

Below is a link for those interested in seeing which blocks currently participate in the RPP program.
2012 ANC Boundries & RPP Blocks

Based on my conversations with DDOT, the following  appear to be the highlights:

  • Though ERPP would be applied to an entire ANC area, it only enhances blocks that currently have RPP. Residents on blocks without RPP would still need to petition to be included in the program. The Petition for Residential Permit Parking form is here, and requires signatures from 70% of the residents.
  • ERPP would enhance existing RPP blocks by reserving one side of the block for Ward 1 residents during enforcement hours. The other side of the block would be open to all residents seeking parking, with current restrictions being applicable.
  • ERPP would not solve the problem of blocks that do not have RPP because of large apartment buildings. Again, the majority of a block, including the residents of apartment buildings, need to petition for inclusion.
  • Residents who do not live on blocks with RPP would not be eligible for visitor parking passes.
  • Most blocks on commercial corridors, such as Georgia Avenue, would not be impacted by ERPP.
  • ERPP does not extend the hours of parking enforcement, such as later in the evening or on Saturdays. To do that, the majority of residents on a block need to fill out the Petition to Extend Hours of Residential Permit Parking.  

To read the full text of the final rule making for ERPP, click on the following link
Enhanced Residential Parking Permit Program – Final Rulemaking – 1-27-12

The relevant portion for Ward 1 residents is also below:

A new subsection 2411.25 is added to read as follows:

2411.25   An Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP) program shall be established within the boundaries of Ward 1:

 (a)    Each Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) may implement an ERPP program within the ANC’s respective boundaries.  The ERPP program shall include the following elements:

 (1)  One side of each residential block, or fifty percent (50%) of the parking spaces within the ANC boundaries, shall be reserved for Zone 1 Resident Only Parking; the opposite side of the residential block shall be designated as described in § 2411.1;

 (2) A motor vehicle without a valid Zone 1 parking sticker shall not park on any portion of a street in Ward 1 that has been reserved for Zone 1 Resident Only Parking under the process established in this regulation;

(3) Any resident owning a vehicle registered at an address within the ERPP program area shall be eligible to apply for residential permit parking decals as provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles; and

(4)  All visitors within the ERPP area shall be eligible to participate in the visitor parking pilot program that the Director implements pursuant to § 2414.7;

 (b) Each Ward 1 ANC may, by resolution voted upon in accordance with the law governing ANCs, choose not to participate in the ERPP program. Absent such a resolution, all of the provisions of § 2411.25(a) shall apply to each residential block of the Ward 1 ANC unless prohibited by § 2411.25(c) or § 2411.25(d);

 (c)  Any blocks within a streetscape construction project impact zone in Ward 1 shall be excluded from the ERPP program until the Director of the District Department of Transportation declares that all major construction associated with the streetscape construction project impact zone is complete; and

(d) For purposes of this section, the phrase “streetscape construction project impact zone” means an area designated by the District Department of Transportation where, due to the nature and duration of a streetscape project (that is, a roadway construction project on a commercial street), a local or small business as defined in D.C. Official Code §§ 2-218.31 and 2-218.32 (2011 Repl.) may experience demonstrated losses during the construction period.

Mt.Pleasant currently has the visitor pass privilege portion of the enhancement. By all accounts, residents there like it. Because of this, and in part because of concerns about how restricting one side of a street for Ward 1 residents could impact businesses, ANC 1D voted to opt out of the ERPP program.

At ANC 1C’s February meeting, they requested further clarification on the ERPP’s implementation, including how the program will impact parking during construction, the timeline for both implementation and the ANC’s ability to opt out , and guidelines for eligibility for the visitor parking pass, particularly for residents in commercial area.

Neither ANC 1A or 1B have taken up the issue yet. With parts of Columbia Heights already having experience with performance based parking – i.e. Ward 1 only resident parking on one side of the street — on some portions of Monroe Street, 11th Street, Harvard Street, and 16th Street, ERPP may not be as controversial for 1A as it otherwise could be.


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9 Comments on “So, What’s This Enhanced Residential Permit Parking Program All About?”

  1. Chris Says:

    I’m just a little annoyed about RPP in general, not because it exists, but because of the way it is applied. The RPP zones are just too large. Currently, someone living in a zoned area of Park View can park in Mt P, Columbia Heights, northern U St., etc. Areas where a resident is obviously not trying to find parking for their home.

    However, I live on a block that is not zoned for RPP at all, and doesn’t qualify because there is almost always parking available on the street during business hours. So, we can’t park anywhere else in the ward, unlike many of our neighbors. Seems a bit unfair and arbitrary.

    RPP zones should be set maybe at the ANC level instead of (generally) at the ward level to make sure RPP is being used for what it is intended, or it should be extended to all residents of the RPP zone.

  2. shintern1909 Says:

    I completely agree with Chris about the issue regarding non-RPP block residents being treated unfairly. I would think the DC Government would like the little bit of extra revenue that would be created by allowing residents who live on non-RPP blocks to opt into a parking permit for their zone. I mean, people who live on RPP blocks can freely park on my block (along with anyone else), but I can’t park on theirs, even if it’s one block over?

    Seems a no-brainer situation. I get to park in my neighborhood, people can still park on my block, and DC Government receives additional revenue without having to send parking enforcement to a new block.

  3. Kay Says:

    You both make perfect sense, that’s why it will never work. (yes, I too live on a non RPP street)

  4. Kay Says:

    ps – sorry for the double post, but I just wanted to add that when I moved I asked to pay for an RPP sticker and was refused

  5. Denis James Says:

    Actually, only a majority of household’s signatures on each block are needed to implement the RPP program. DDOT looks at the street and requires a 70% “busy-ness” factor, i.e., that the street is busy to the extent that 70% of the spaces are occupied during normal business hours, thus it’s somewhat difficult to park there and instituting the RPP program is justified.

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