Public Works Considers Permit Parking in Benton-Stephens Neighborhood

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COLUMBIA- Public Works held a meeting tonight to discuss implementing a Residential Parking by Permit Only program in the Benton-Stephens neighborhood.

The purpose of the meeting was to present information and receive feedback from residents.

Richard Stone, Traffic Engineer for Columbia Public Works, says the City Council wants to look into whether there is desire for permit parking in the neighborhood as well as East Campus.


There is currently one pilot project in the North Village area.  Public Works evaluated residential parking by permit only and how it would function for the city. Stone says they received positive feedback and citizens from other areas are expressing interest.


"If there are areas that are desirous of pursuing residential parking by permit only then we would examine it," Stone said.  "We would provide feedback to council on what the neighborhood and residents would like to see as well as other interested parties and the council would make a decision on whether or not to pursue a program." 

Public Works drew upon information from other cities that currently have parking permit programs, including San Francisco, Madison, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon.

Stone said the terms that would come with the program include: no guarantee of a space, limited number of permits per residence, generally wide-ranging parking area, and highly enforced use of permits through ticketing and towing.

He is hoping to use citizen feedback from the meeting to determine how to administer the program.