Category Archives: Zoning Preservation & Development Committee

NEWS: Notes on 10/2/12 Parking Meeting

On October 2, 2012 the ANC hosted a community meeting to discuss parking, the second such meeting since February.  The following are notes from that meeting.  Many thanks to neighbor Nell Payne for her contributions to this post.

The notes from the first parking meeting are available here.

DDOT representatives: Damon Harvey and Angelo Reyo

Parking Think Tank Meetings:  DDOT is hosting more than a half dozen “think tank” meetings to solicit residents’ input on what future parking should look like in the District.  Go to the DDOT website – www.ddot.dc.gov – for information and schedule.

Summary of Prior Parking Meeting:  Damon Harvey briefly summarized discussion at the previous meeting on April 3.

Performance Parking:  For metered spaces, DDOT is considering “performance-based” parking – meter rates would rise during peak usage periods.  Two goals include easing congestion and raising revenue.  A portion of the additional revenue would be reserved for that specific neighborhood and could be used for things like installation of additional Capital BikeShare stations, sidewalk improvements, etc.  50% of revenue raised goes toward the waiver of transaction fees for disabled parking permits.

Pay by Cell Parking:  Now available for all metered spots in the District.

Residential Parking Permit (RPP) System:  Absent parking meters, the default Residential Parking Permit (RPP) regulations allow non-residents to park up to 2 hours, 7:00am-8:30pm, Monday through Friday.  All other days/times, parking is unlimited.  Restrictions do not apply to non-residents with a Visitor Parking Permit (VPP), more on that below.  Current fee for RPP zone pass is $35.  There was some discussion about whether this was an appropriate price.

Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP):  Part of two nearby neighborhoods, ANCs 2C and 1B have adopted Enhanced Residential Parking Permit (ERPP) rules.  In 2C, one side of the street is reserved for residents only, 7:00am to 12:00 midnight, seven days a week; non-residents can park for up to 2 hours.  In 1B, one side of the street is reserved for residents only, 7:00am-8:30pm, Monday through Friday, with no provision for non-resident parking on that side of the street at allduring that period.  Methods to institute ERPP include (1) the City Council can pass legislation; (2) the ANC can adopt a resolution; or (3) residents can file an ERPP petition.  To receive a copy of the petition, contact Damon Harvey at damon.harvey@dc.gov.  The petition should provide the boundaries of the area in which ERPP is desired, the specific hours/days desired, and be signed by 51% of residents, one signature per household.

Registration of Out of State Automobiles (ROSA):  ROSA rules are intended to prevent overnight parking by non-residents who don’t have a VPP – $300 fine.  But military are not required to have ROSA registration.

Disability Parking:  Disabled residents may be able to reserve a specific space, for example, in front of their house.

Visitor Parking Permit (VPP):  Currently, residents of Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 automatically receive a hard-copy VPP, which allows non-residents to park during hours when RPP or ERPP rules are enforced.  Residents of Ward 2 can go to a police station and request a VPP that is valid for a certain number of days and is renewable.  DDOT is exploring the possibility of moving the VPP system on-line and charging for them.  New technology and other efforts help curb abuse (examples: forgery-resistant surface, a number on the pass that is linked to a specific address, limiting the VPP to a specific ANC, agreements with EBay and Craigslist not to post offers to sell VPPs).  Charging for VPPs would also limit abuse.  Could also limit the number of VPP days that may be used per household.  DDOT must come up with a city-wide VPP system in the next 12 months.

Enforcement:  The Department of Public Works (DPW) enforces parking.  DDOT has alerted DPW that the Dupont area would like to see more and better enforcement.  Meter parking enforcement works through 10:00pm.  RPP personnel (different team) enforce during the entire RPP or ERPP time period.  ROSA personnel (different team) enforce against illegal out-of-state parking.

DDOT’s Recommendations:  DDOT recommends that the neighborhood consider extending RPP to Saturdays in certain areas.  However, DDOT officials encouraged those interested in pursuing ERPP to consider the impact on guests (contractors, nannies, party guests, etc.), and include a provision for visitor parking with the request for ERPP.  The ANC 2C resolution could serve as a template.  The ANC will review that for possible ANC 2B action in future.  DDOT also recommends performance-based parking for metered spots in our area, to reduce congestion and raise revenues.

Audience comments/questions raised:

  • Are you considering installation of additional bike racks for use by residents who own and ride their own bikes?  Yes.
  • Will you consider converting some spaces from car parking to motorcycle/scooter parking?  Yes.  We’ve already done that in several places and are looking for more.
  • Considering day passes for businesses?  No, this could reduce the effectiveness of new ERPP rules that would otherwise limit parking by employees of local businesses.

NEWS: St. Thomas Parish Cancels New Church Plan

The ANC in 2010 voted to support the plans of St. Thomas Church to expand its church facility with new construction.  The InTowner reports that these plans have been canceled:

http://www.intowner.com/2012/10/09/st-thomas%E2%80%99-parish-nixes-its-new-church-building-plan/

NEWS: No Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee Meeting Tonight

Please note that there will NOT be a Zoning, Preservation & Development (ZPD) committee meeting tonight, due to the holiday weekend.

Our default meeting time, day, and location for the ZPD Committee is First Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW).

NEWS: DDOT Shares Materials on Traffic Plans Surrounding 14th & U Projects

On August 18, 2012, the Department of Transportation’s Public Space office held a public meeting at the Reeves Center to discuss the traffic management and public space use plans related to the large number of construction and development projects near to 14th and U Streets NW.

Below are the follow-up documents that DDOT shared after the meeting, including traffic management proposals and comments.

Memo Regarding Traffic Control Plan, 14th & Wallach

Letter to DDOT Requesting Extended Hours 08-23-2012 Signed

Traffic Contol sheets

Drawings

For questions please contact Bernadette Edwards at DDOT:

Bernadette Edwards
Customer Service Manager
Public Space Regulations Administration
1100 4th St., S.W., Suite E-360
Washington, D.C.  20024
(202) 535-2982 (Office)
bernadette.edwards@dc.gov

NEWS: New Draft Signage Regulations

The D.C. Government has released proposed, consolidated regulations on signage in the District.  Below is the public notice that ANC Commissioners received:

On Friday, August 17, the District of Columbia released the proposed rules for the display or posting of a wide range of outdoor signs in the District.  The publication of the newly re-organized and simplified draft regulations is the result of an extensive multi-agency effort, initiated by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, to simplify and provide greater clarity to the existing complex and arcane sign rules.  Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated that “It is anticipated that all stakeholders, whether in private industry or the general public, will benefit from these new simplified regulations.”

The proposed regulations consolidate all of the District’s rules pertaining to outdoor signage in one section of the District’s Municipal Regulations.  The regulations also state the rules for posting and, if necessary, obtaining a permit to post signs.  Title 13 of the DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR), where the new regulations will be located, is organized so that rules that address specific types of outdoor signage are grouped in the same chapter.  For example, regulations regarding signs on public space are in their own chapter, separate from the chapter for signs on private property.  Finally, for each type of sign requiring a permit it is clearly indicated which agencies will be involved in the submission, review, approval and permit issuance process as well as which agency will be responsible for enforcement of the regulations.

The draft regulations can be found on the DC Register’s website and will be available for public comment for the next 60 days.

Comments may be submitted in writing to Alice Kelly, Manager, Policy Branch, Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003 or emailed to policy.ddot@dc.gov.

For additional information please contact Alice Kelly at (202) 671-2252 or Alice.Kelly@dc.gov.