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.