Agenda Item 5A
September 26, 2017
September 22, 2017
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Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attomeff
Bill 14-17, Motor Vehicles and Traffic -Off-Street Parking Regulations -
Public Parking Facilities
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation (3-
Enact Bill 14-17.
Bill 14-17, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Off-Street Parking Regulations - Public Parking
Facilities, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President Berliner at the request of the County
Executive, was introduced on May 2, 2017. A public hearing was held on June 13 and a
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on
Bill 14-17 would increase the amount of time that a person may park a vehicle continuously in an
off-street public parking facility from 24 hours to 14 days.
There was one speaker at the public hearing on the Bill held on June 13. Jose Thommana,
Chief of the Division of Parking Management in the Department of Transportation (DOT), spoke
in support of the Bill, saying that the proposed change would "provide flexibility for customers of
publicly owned off-street parking facilities," particularly benefiting residents in mixed-use areas
who do not use their vehicles every day (see ©8).
Under current County law, except for emergency repairs when the vehicle cannot be driven,
a person must not park any vehicle on a public parking facility for longer than 24 hours, unless
otherwise authorized by Executive Order. Bill 14-17 would extend this time limit to 14 days,
retaining the proviso that it may be otherwise set by Executive Order.
his memo that
accompanied the Bill (©4), the Executive indicated that the change would "accommodate the
growth of mixed-use activity centers in the Parking Lot Districts (PLDs). According to the
Executive, the change would "ensure the increasing number of urban residents and their visitors
will be allowed to park uninterrupted for an extended period of time, unless signed otherwise."