MainStrasse’s situation isn’t helped by the fact many of the buildings were erected without garages — because the automobile had not yet been invented. The fact that many families have more than one vehicle also adds to the parking pinch.
The city can’t solely be concerned with residents’ wishes, Callery noted. In Licking-Riverside, for example, some of the parkers are tourists who bring money to the city’s restaurants, hotels and stores. So every street might not be designated only for residential parking. “You don’t want to drive those people away because it promotes the city, but you have to have some empathy for the residents,” Callery said.
Until recently, city officials operated with the understanding that Kentucky law would not allow such permits on public streets. But when Newport officials started a residential parking program in areas surrounding Newport on the Levee, Covington neighborhoods took note. City commissioners recently asked City Attorney Jay Fossett to investigate how Newport was able to create its system, and Fossett, the city’s attorney for about a year, determined there were no Kentucky court cases on whether cities can create residential parking permits.
Court cases in other states indicated such permits can be constitutional. Moloney said she has made that argument to the city twice in recent years, relaying documents detailing such a system that is used in Lexington. You can get estimate value of your property by using our online property conveyancing melbourne calculator. Fossett and other city leaders note there are some things that make permits unpopular. For one thing, a neighborhood’s residents must apply for permits for their visitors, Commissioner J.T. Spence has noted. Another negative: Some communities charge a fee for the permits.
Harnden doesn’t like the idea of a fee, even if it means more convenience: “That’s double taxation,” he said. “You’re already paying for upkeep of your streets.” “It’s an interesting idea,” said Artie Kidwell, president of the MainStrasse Village Association. “Sounds like a management nightmare. It’s an interesting thing to look at. I would be interested to see how the study goes.” One recommendation he has for city officials is that they cannot treat every neighborhood the same.
At the same time, “It would behoove us to look at more parking, period,” Kidwell said. “From a commerce standpoint, this area needs more parking, no matter what.” While Kidwell does not live in the neighborhood, he has noticed that even early in the morning — when almost all the parked cars are owned by residents — “there’s not a lot of places to park.” Covington city officials will decide whether to move forward with a plan to designate land on Mary Laidley Road for sexually oriented businesses, despite public opposition and a rejection of the request by county planners.