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September 14, 2017
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
September 12, 2017
TO:
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy
&
Environment Committee
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attome~- ,
Worksession:
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.
Public Hearing
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):
Background
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.
In
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
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beneficiaries of the change are Parking Convenience Sticker (PCS)
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permit holders and their
guests. DOT has indicated that there have been incidents where resident PCS holders have been
ticketed when leaving their vehicles for periods exceeding 24 hours; this change would largely
eliminate that problem. The Bill would not change where PCS permit holders can park, and DOT
would be able to alter the number and time limitations for parking should the change result in any
capacity problems. Data on public parking facility usage are gathered and evaluated monthly,
which allows DOT to monitor and, if necessary, make such adjustments to address capacity
problems.
At the public hearing, Councilmember Elrich asked whether the proposed longer allowed
parking in off-street public parking facilities would invite abuse -
i.e.,
would people park there
and take a bus or train trip, leaving their car there because it is cheaper than airport or other
parking? In response to this concern, the Department has indicated that it can manage the parking
using several strategies including marking certain facilities where it is possible to go to Metro or
near Megabus stop locations through targeted 24-hour parking restrictions. Additionally, in
locations where 14-day parking is allowed, it can be managed using the short-term/long-term
parking mix; 14-day parking would only be allowed at long-term metered spaces. As noted above,
the Department continually monitors monthly occupancy data of the parking facilities and can
adjust restrictions as needed.
Staff recommendation:
Enact Bill 14-17.
This packet contains:
Bill 14-17
Legislative Request Report
County Executive Memo
Fiscal and Economic Impact statement
Jose Thommana testimony
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Bill No. _ _ _ _..,_14-'---'-17,___ _ __
Concerning: Motor Vehicles and Traffic -
Off-Street Parking Regulations
Public Parking Facilities
Revised: 04/24/2017 Draft No . . .:. . 1_ __
Introduced:
May 2, 2017
Expires:
November 2, 2018
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: -'-'-No=n-=e,___ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President at the request of the County Executive
AN ACT
to:
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increase the amount of time that a person may park a vehicle in an off-
street public parking facility; and
generally amend the law governing parking violations.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 31, Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Section 31-26
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Added to existing law by original bill.
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Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILLN0.14-17
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Sec.
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Section 31-26 is amended as follows:
31-26.
Public parking facilities.
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Except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or
unloading passengers or for emergency repairs when the vehicle cannot be driven, a
person must not park any vehicle on a public parking facility:
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for longer than [24 hours, except when otherwise authorized by
Executive order]
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consecutive days in surface parking lots or garages,
except when otherwise authorized
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Executive order;
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 14-17
Motor Vehicles and Traffic
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Off-Street Parking Regulations
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Public Parking Facilities
The bill increases the time a vehicle is permitted to continuously park
in an off-street public parking facility from 24 hours to 14 days.
The county's current policy of prohibiting users from parking for more
than 24 hours in public off-street facilities does not align with the needs
of the county's burgeoning urban population.
To streamline work flow processes and support the county's increasing
downtown population with flexible parking options.
Department of Transportation
None; parking rates will remain unchanged
To be requested.
To be requested.
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DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
GOALSAND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Division of Parking Management
To be researched.
$60 (per Resolution No. 18-54 7)
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OFFICE OF THE COUNIT EXEClITIVE
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
ROCK VILLE. MARYLAND
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MEMOR ANDUM
April 10, 2017
TO:
FROM:
Roger Berliner,
Council
President
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Isiah Leggett. County Execut iv~
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Amendments to County Code
Chapter 60
to Consolidate Montgomery Hills PLD
and Silver Spring PLD into a single district and to
Chapter 31
to increase the
continuous time
a
vehicle may
park
in
an
off-street facility
RE:
I
request that you introduce the attached Chapter 60
and
Chapter
31
Amendments.
Both bills will be effective July 1, 2017. The Chapter 60 Amendment merges the Montgomery
Hills PLD with the Silver Spring PLD. The Chapter 31 Amendment increases the time a vehicle
is permitted to continuously park in an off-street public parking facility from 24 hours to 14
days.
The Amendment to Chapter
60
will
create
a
unified district The county proposes
to consolidate the Montgomery Hills PLO into the Silver Spring PLD. The Silver Spring
PLD
bowidaries will
be
extended to encompass the existing Montgomery Hills
PLD. The
Montgomery Hills PLD
is
a low supply, low demand district and this consideration simplifies
budgetary, policy, recordkeeping and public infonnation matters. A resolution will be sought to
provide tnartliisunificationwi1rnof
impact
thediffereriCpncTog rates
iifilie aistricts. ·
The Amendment to
Chapter
31 will accommodate the growth of mixed-use
activity
centers
in
the
PLDs.
The
county proposes permitting vehicles
to
continuously park
in
off-street public parking facilities for a maximum of 14 days. This change
will
align
with
existing conditions and thus ensure the increasing number of urban residents and
their
visitors
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be
allowed to
park
uninterrupted for an extended period of time, unless signed otherwise.
Attachments
1.
Chapter 60 amendment
2.
Chapter 31 ~26 amendment
cc:
Al Roshdieh, Department of Transportation
Jose Thommana, Division of Parking Management
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Bill XX-17
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Transportation (Parking)
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Amendments to County Code Chapter 31
1.
Legislative Summary
This bill would increase the time a vehicle is permitted to continuously park
in
an off-
street PLD owned parking facility from 24 hours to 14 days. This change
is
proposed to
accommodate the needs of customers, which are trending more towards mixed-use
customers from a commercially-dominated user base. This proposed legislation would
provide flexibility for longer lengths of stay.
2. An estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether
the revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget.
Includes source of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
This bill does not change the parking rates for parking, creating no change to the
revenues or expenditures. There is no projected impact to utilization of parking
facilities.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
As
per the response to #2, there is no projected impact over the next 6 fiscal years.
4.
An
actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would
affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
Not applicable.
S. An estimate of expenditures related to County's information technology (IT)
- systems,
mcluding-Enterpr1seResourccfPianning-(ERP)-systems.- · · -
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Not applicable.
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the biU authorizes
future spending.
Not applicable.
7.
An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the bill.
Not applicable.
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8. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other
duties.
Not applicable.
9.
An
estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
No additional appropriation is needed.
10. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
Not applicable.
11. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
12.
If
a bill is likely to have no fisca] impact, why that
is
the case.
This bill is likely to have no fiscal impact as it does not change the parking rates, and
makes no adjustments to staffing or other expenditures.
13. Other f'tsca) impacts or comments.
Not applicable.
14. The following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
Corey Orlosky, Office of Management and Budget
Jeremy Souders, MCDOT, Division of Parking Management
Jose Thommana, MCDOT, Division of Parking Management
Date'
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Eeonomic
Impact Statement
Bill ::a-17
Transportation (Parking)
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Amendments
to
County
Code Chapter
31
Background:
This
bill
would increase the time a vehicle is pennitted to continuously park
in
an off-street
Parking
Lot District (PLD) owned parking facility from
24
hours to
14
days.
This
change
is
proposed to accommodate the needs of customers, which are trending more towards mixed-use
customers from a commercially-dominated user base.
This
proposed legislation would provide
flexibility for longer lengths of
stay.
1. The sources of informa_tion, assumptions, and methodologies used.
This
legislation
does
not have
an
economic impact
since
it does
not
change the
parking
rates
·or anticipated utilization rates for properties associated
with
the PLDs, creating no change to
the revenues ~urned
in
the County Executive's FY18 recommended budget
2. A
description of any variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
This legislation does not have
an
economic impact.
3.
The Bill's positive or negative effect,
if
any on employment, spending, savings,
·
investment, incomes, and property values
in
the County.
Please see the answer to question 1.
4.
Jf
a
Bill
is
likely
to
have
no economic impact,
why
is
that
the
case?
Please see the answer
to
question 1.
5. The following contributed to
or
concurred
with
this analysis:
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David Platt. Dennis Hetman. and Robert Hagedoorn, Finance.
Alexandre
A.
Espinosa,
Director
Department of Finance
Date
Page 1
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
ON BILL 14-17, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC -OFF-STR EET
PARKING REGULA TIONS-PU BLIC PARKING FACILITIES
June 13, 2017
Good afternoon, Council President Berliner and Members of the Council. I
am Jose Thommana, Chief of the Division of Parking Management in the
Department of Transportation. I am here today to testify on behalf of County
Executive Isiah Leggett in support ofBill 14-17 which is an amendment to County
Code Chapter 31.
This amendment would provide flexibility for customers of publicly owned
off-street parking facilities by extending the time permitted to park uninterrupted
from 24 hours to 14 days.
The current law, prohibiting parking at County owned and operated parking
facilities for more than 24 hours, does not align with the needs of the County's
growing urban population and undercuts the County's expressed transportation
goals. Many residents who live in mixed-use areas, such as downtown Bethesda
and Silver Spring, do not use their vehicles every day, preferring to walk, bike, or
use transit. This amendment will accommodate and benefit those customers and
bring policy into harmony with the County's transportation goals, ensuring that
residents and their yi~i!g_rs wUl _Q_~_a1lovVed to
p~~
~h__eir "~~icles
(~r
up to 14
consecutive days.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and your favorable
consideration of this bill.
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