September 14, 2017
September 12, 2017
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attome~- ,
Bill 14-17, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Off-Street Parking
Regulations - Public Parking Facilities
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.
Bill 14-1 7 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 iri 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
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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."
Bill 14-17 will essentially change the default time limit for parking in a public parking
facility from 24 hours to 14 days. It will not otherwise affect existing parking space designations
such as long-term metered parking or carpool spaces. The likely, and intended, primary