Parking Resolution Document
Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 PM

 Whereas the residents west of Como Park recognize and experience heavy vehicle parking, vehicle traffic, and pedestrian traffic concerns and issues, which said residents attribute to attractions held within the Como Park campus.

 

Given these concerns, residents held a public meeting in September of 2008 to secure neighborhood input on pursuing Residential Permit Parking and subsequently petitioned their neighbors to create a Residential Permit Parking Area (hereinafter “RPPA”), located in an area west of Como Park.

 

That said RPPA was petitioned was as follows:

 

No Parking 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Sunday, May 1 to September 30, Except by Permit.  The blocks requesting this permit include the following:  

North side of Midway Pkwy from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1421 Midway Pkwy; South side of Midway Parkway from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1406 Midway Parkway; West side of Hamline Avenue from Como Avenue to Arlington Avenue; South side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1428 Frankson Avenue; North side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to Pascal Street; Both sides of Canfield Avenue from Hamline Avenue to western dead end of Canfield Avenue.

 

After said neighbors secured the required number of signatures from the property owners in the above mentioned area, they submitted a valid RPPA request to Saint Paul Public Works (hereinafter “PW”) requesting the creation of the new RPPA.  

 

At or around the same time, PW began a parking study to observe parking patterns and the impact of the Como Park Shuttle had on parking within the effected neighborhood west of Como Park.

 

That District 10 has taken steps to notify the residents of the area west of Como Park by holding meetings, flyering the area immediately effected, and posting information on its web page.

 

On September 24, 2009, District 10, by way of its Neighborhood Relations Committee held an informational meeting where PW reported its preliminary findings, answered questions for residents in attendance, and informed that should the residents support permit parking, it would recommend it be implemented as follows:  

 

No Parking 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Sunday, May 1 to September 30, Except by Permit.  The blocks requesting this permit include the following:  

 

North side of Midway Pkwy from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1421 Midway Pkwy; South side of Midway Parkway from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1406 Midway Parkway; West side of Hamline Avenue from Como Avenue to Arlington Avenue; South side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of ___?___ Frankson Avenue; North side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to North Albert Street; Both sides of Canfield Avenue from Hamline Avenue to western dead end of Canfield Avenue.

 

That since this preliminary recommendation, PW has issued a “Final Report on Como Area Preliminary Parking Study.”

 

That in said report, PW makes the following final recommendations:

 

That Parks conducts a broader study of the Como Park area.

 

That PW recommends maintaining the existing shuttle service levels and expanding shuttle service to weekdays.

 

PW recommends that Residential Permit Parking be either postponed or implemented on a trial basis for one year (thereafter being re-evaluated when results of a broader study are available).

 

PW recommends to City Council that PW continue to study the area west of Como Park in 2010 with a full report back to the City Council on those results.  

 

PW recommends that the District Council consider alternatives to Residential Permit Parking.  Such alternatives include:

 

PW recommended widening Hamline Avenue between Arlington and Como by two feet on the east side of the street to 38 feet.  By doing so, allows two sided parking.  Would create 84 additional parking spots on the park side of the street, and costs approximately $84,000.  Increase available parking on Hamline from 69 spaces to 153 spaces.

PW recommended Limited Time Zones.  Typically between 30 minutes to 2 hours in length and the restriction applies to anyone in the zone, resident or otherwise.  Intention is to create turnover to parking in high demand parking areas.

PW suggested that District 10 could make recommendations to the already existing “No Parking State Fair” sign on an area wide basis.

 

PW recommends that if no alternatives are considered, then it would recommend accepting the petition for the RPPA filed by the residents, less the homes on Frankson Avenue as outlined below:

 

No Parking 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Sunday, May 1 to September 30, Except by Permit.  The blocks requesting this permit include the following:  

 

North side of Midway Pkwy from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1421 Midway Pkwy; South side of Midway Parkway from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1406 Midway Parkway; West side of Hamline Avenue from Como Avenue to Arlington Avenue; South side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of __?___ Frankson Avenue; North side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to North Albert Street; Both sides of Canfield Avenue from Hamline Avenue to western dead end of Canfield Avenue.

 

That in addition, PW will require special exceptions to the general rules of RPPAs:

 

All existing permit parking areas are in effect year round and have a renewal date of September 1.  The proposed RPPA would have a renewal date of May 1, and the cost would still be the standard $10.00 per permit.

 

Additionally, due to the proximity of this area to the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, no Special Event permits would be issued or considered to be valid during the State Fair.

 

Having reviewed the facts, listened to the residents, reviewed the recommended alternatives and taken a public vote of District 10 residents, let it hereby be resolved as follows:

 

The District 10 Community hereby supports implementation of the neighbor’s original RPPA’s  without a sunset period, which means that the boundaries of the RPPA will be: 

 

No Parking 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Sunday, May 1 to September 30, Except by Permit.  The blocks requesting this permit include the following:  

 

North side of Midway Pkwy from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1421 Midway Pkwy; South side of Midway Parkway from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1406 Midway Parkway; West side of Hamline Avenue from Como Avenue to Arlington Avenue; South side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to the western property line of 1428 Frankson Avenue; North side of Frankson Avenue from Hamline Avenue to Pascal Street; Both sides of Canfield Avenue from Hamline Avenue to western dead end of Canfield Avenue.

 

That in addition, the District 10 Community supports PW’s recommendation to require special exceptions to the general rules of RPPAs as follows:

 

All existing permit parking areas are in effect year round and have a renewal date of September 1.  The proposed RPPA would have a renewal date of May 1, and the cost would still be the standard $10.00 per permit.

 

Additionally, due to the proximity of this area to the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, no Special Event permits would be issued or considered to be valid during the State Fair.

 

That the District 10 Community request the public hearing before the City Council on the petition for a RPPA be scheduled for February 17th (third week of February) and petitions for additional blocks be included if they are submitted by December 15 2009,

 

And,

 

Be It Further Resolved that the District 10 Community supports a broader study of parking and traffic issues in and around Como Park as long as the study includes participation from the neighborhood in every phase from scoping to recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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