Paradise Valley reinvigorates residential parking permit effort

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Town Council reviewed its current Residential Parking Permit Ordinance, which discusses the need for parking permits in specified residential areas, during a Sept. 8 study session meeting.

The town council reviewed Ordinance 688, which states the town manager has the right to designate, with the town council’s approval, the need of a police department-issued parking permit in certain residential areas for cars parking on the street.

These areas are clearly marked by a sign that indicate the times and conditions of permit-only street parking. Once designated, residents need to obtain a parking permit from the police department by registering for one in order to park on the street, according to the ordinance.

While the ordinance does say the town manager can implement an annual fee for these permits, the town manager has not implemented a fee at this time. However, a resident does need to register for the 12-month permit through the police department.

This permit allows the owner to park a car on the street directly adjacent to their home. However, the ordinance states that parking permits cannot be sold or leased to non-residents, but can be lent to visitors to the area.

Residents must place the permit on the driver’s side of the car in clear view, not obstructing the view of the vehicle identification number, according to Ordinance 688. The only exception to this is for marked service and delivery vehicles.

According to the town’s ordinance, the police chief recommends an area for designation if the illegal street parking of non-residents proves to be a hindrance to the area.

The town’s staff requested the ordinance in order to address the parking situation in a neighborhood near Echo Canyon.

The ordinance took effect in June 2015 after the town council unanimously voted it into existence. It will sunset in July 2017 with the agreement it be reviewed in a year.

Since the ordinance came to be, there have been no requests for a parking permit.

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