Parking permits for Belmont neighborhoods?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 11:45pm

A residential permit-parking plan being considered by residents in Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde's district would reserve parking on various streets near Belmont University for residents who live in the area.

The cause is led by residents, but Lalonde says she supports their effort.

The proposal, which LaLonde called an “ongoing process,” is a response to the growing number of Belmont students and faculty who choose to park on streets near the Belmont campus, leaving some neighbors unable to park in front of their homes.

“There’s some places that are close to Belmont that are looking into doing residential permit-parking, and that’s the appropriate response to the pressures of the neighborhood,” she said. “It protects the neighborhood.”

If the plan were submitted and approved, residential parking permits would be available to people who live on various side streets near Belmont Boulevard, LaLonde said. Non-residents would be restricted from parking on selected stretches of the designated streets.

To go into effect, the plan would need to be signed off by Metro Public Works and approved by the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission.

Other streets in Nashville have similar residential permit-parking plans.

LaLonde, who is employed by Belmont, said the university is set to have hundreds of additional on-campus parking spaces when its new pharmacy building opens shortly, which should help ease the parking situation in the neighborhood.

11 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/15/10 at 6:07

They bought their houses without a driveway not with preferential parking on city streets and shouldn't get it.

If they work or go somewhere what is the space to remain empty all day?

How would they like what Vandy has a 2 hr limit? What a pain that must be for residents and their visitors.

Would they like to "rent" a space on a monthly basis?

By: house_of_pain on 7/15/10 at 6:46

The streets in residential neighborhoods are intended for use(primarily) by residents. Belmont(and VU) needs to provide parking for their employees.

By: hwen on 7/15/10 at 6:56

Ms. LaLonde, when you ran for office, you ASSURED us that it was NOT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST to work for Belmont University. I see this as a direct conflict. I cannot help but believe that you have already found out what Belmont University prefers to do, and will "propose the solution". ANd, oh, btw, what about those of us on the Vandy side of 21st Ave? We have been fighting with parking issues for years, and the Teacher Training Center has only added to the problem. What do you propose to solve parking issues throughout your district?

By: budlight on 7/15/10 at 6:56

I thought a lot of those homes have alleys in the back with access to parking in the back? Am I mistaken on that point?

By: danced with angus on 7/15/10 at 7:54

How can these permit spaces be enforced?!?! So is the home/permit owner supposed to call the police to have a parking citation issued, or are they supposed to call a tow truck themselves? The enforcement issues could get ridiculous!! Plus, as LOVELY as it sounds to have a "reserved" parking space in front of your house, it will cause unintended consequences of ruining the neighborhood. Also, I totally agree with hwen above regarding how the Vanderbilt area residents have dealt with parking since the neighborhood had it first cars and I don't think they have ever felt the solution was to RUIN the neighborhood by doing something stupid like this. Sometimes a neighborhood is a neighborhood and you just LIVE with it or LEAVE it!

By: localboy on 7/15/10 at 8:10

"Other streets in Nashville have similar residential permit-parking plans."
It's about time.

By: idgaf on 7/15/10 at 8:21

Want reserved parking buy a house with a driveway or put one in.

Would they be willing to pay $100 a month for "their spot"?

By: howelln on 7/15/10 at 10:37

Many other cities have this. The permit does not give you a specific space. It gives you permission to park on the street. If you do not have the permit, you get a parking ticket just as if your meter ran out.

By: danced with angus on 7/15/10 at 11:01

So, that means the police dept. has to be involved. Will the city have to hire more meter police to police the neighborhood streets the same way the meter police patrol and police the metered streets? That is so much taxpayer money wasted. The fines collected from these silly citations can't possibly pay for this policing. If you want a perfect-parking life, move out of the neighborhood and move into a perfect-parking-always-available gated residence area.

By: tomba1 on 7/15/10 at 11:53

This is an absurd idea wherever it's done. Who's going to explain to "granny" why she got a ticket for coming to visit the kids? A public right-of-way is what it says. It's not reserved for the exclusive use by a "privileged" few who just happen to own property in the area. If you must have your own parking spot, get a permit from codes, cut in your own driveway, and create your own off-street parking on YOUR property but NOT ON OURS. Or, move somewhere else.

It's pretty simple, councilperson. Who pays for the streets? We all do. Who should be able to use these streets? The people who pay for them - ALL of us.

By: howelln on 7/15/10 at 8:58

The permits are usually not required 24/7. It is usually enforced during certain timesperiod say 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. So granny can still come to dinner or park in the alley.