Amy Hoag, Newport Resident, expresses her concerns with proposed parking changes.
Proposed_Parking_Changes_Map copy (click to download)
Docket Action Item #5245:14 (click to download)
The city will hold a public parking workshop on Thursday, March 20th at 6:30 pm in the community room at the police station to review the proposed sticker parking changes. If you are not able to attend but would like to make comment, please email the city councilors whose contact information is listed below.
Last week at the city council meeting, the council received a report recommending expanding the Residential Parking Program (sticker parking) to include high density areas, areas with little to no off-street parking, and residential areas in mixed use or near major tourist sections of Newport; this change would eliminate the petition process for the proposed streets. The streets proposed for inclusion in the Residential Parking Program include:
All roads west of Broadway up to A-1 Pizza and west to Van Zandt Ave. Southern end is Farewell Street and Thames down to Bucci’s liquor.
Everything north of Touro street between Kay and Broadway all the way up to Rhode Island Ave.
Warner, Broadway, and Marcus Wheatland are not restricted.
This directly impacts our neighborhood and has been a topic of discussion in our meetings regularly. Congdon Ave petitioned for and received sticker parking last year and neighboring streets have shown an interest in doing so. Rather than having a domino effect and dealing with petitions on a street by street basis, the report recommends extending the residential parking program (sticker parking) to our neighborhood as parking has become difficult for residents with the influx of traffic to the Broadway businesses.
The report also recommends metered parking on Broadway from Washington Square to the police station. One question that has been posed to me directly is whether or not meters should go further north and stop at Dunkin Donuts.
Please do take the time to provide your thoughts and comments either directly to our city councilors, through the workshop or through OBNA.
Please see attached for the report and a map.