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ANC1A Votes to Oppose DC Council’s Small Business Parking Bill

March 13, 2017

Enhanced parking sign limiting parking to area residents only.

On March 8, 2017, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) that represents Park View and northern Columbia Heights voted unanimously to oppose Council Bill 22-0125 that would expand access to the residential parking permit program (RPP) for small businesses having 10 employees or fewer that abut residential RPP blocks. Small business would pay the same annual $35 per pass rate that residents currently pay. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Robert White (at-large), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), and Brandon Todd (Ward 4) on February 21, 2017. The bill had no co-sponsors and has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

The resolution passed by ANC1A identified the following areas that the legislation does not address:

  • the high demand for parking on public residential streets that currently exists in Ward 1;
  • how small business parking permits would be managed within the context of Ward 1’s enhanced RPP program; and,
  • if small businesses would be permitted to participate in the RPP program if they are located in new buildings where residents have been denied participating in the RPP program through restrictive covenants.

More broadly, the bill raises questions of equity and fairness. Currently, large developments that are unable to provide off-street parking are restricting their future residents from participating in the RPP program, suggesting that local streets are already at capacity with no space remaining for new residents. If participation in the RPP program is extended to out-of-District employees of business, does this set a precedent to other out-of-District employees such as teachers, police officers, firemen, etc.. Lastly, there is not indication that there any consideration was given for limited use of metered parking space on commercial corridors for employees. In any case, there certainly was no outreach from the Council to ANC1A prior to the introduction of the bill.

ANC1A will continue to be engaged on this issue as it is reviewed by the Council. On Wednesday, the ANC voted to oppose the Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017 as it found the bill as introduced to be lacking an equitable balance for both businesses and residents. The approved ANC resolution identified a number of areas of concern, some being that it:

  • promotes a greater overall reliance on automobiles;
  • offers no rational for extending parking benefits to non-District residents;
  • does not audit the current availability of on-street parking or require DDOT to perform a transportation impact study on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis throughout the District of Columbia; and,
  • does not take into account the deeply subsidized fee currently extended to District residents when setting the fee for small business parking.

The full resolution is below:

Councilmember Nadeau Holding Ward 1 Public Safety Event on Wednesday, April 27th

April 26, 2016

I wanted to make sure people who aren’t on the area listservs saw this. Councilmember Nadeau is holding a public safety event at Banneker Recreation Center tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The full announcement is below:

A reminder that this Wednesday Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will be holding a Ward 1 Public Safety Event for residents to get to know the police teams serving Ward 1 neighborhoods and ask questions about issues in your community. In addition to the local police teams, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will be joining us to share updates about the work MPD is doing, as well as other community leaders working to ensure public safety in Ward 1.

What: Ward 1 Public Safety Event
Who: Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, MPD Chief Cathy L. Lanier, local MPD teams, Ward 1 residents
When: Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave NW)

This is an opportunity to bring community members, MPD and local leaders together to address public safety concerns and build on the work that is already being done in our ward. During this event you will get to know the MPD team serving your neighborhood and ask questions about issues in your community. Additionally, this is a chance for MPD to share how Ward 1 residents can be engaged and effective neighbors.

We hope you will be able to attend and help us spread the word!

Please take a moment to RSVP online at http://bit.ly/1V5k2Yw or by emailing ehoren (at) dccouncil (dot) us.


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