Parking Zone Change Proposals

Note: updated on 6/24/2013. See flyer link, below.

The FDA parking committee has been working with The City of Richmond, VCU, West Grace Street Association, West Avenue Improvement Association and Monument Avenue Preservation Society to discuss needed changes to the current Restricted Parking Zones 1 and 2. There is consensus that the Fan has a shortage of available on-street parking. Parking permits exceed the number of on-street parking spaces available, however the number of decals and visitor passes issued in the current fiscal year (May 2012 through April 2013) was 2,662, down 14% from the 3,097 issued in the prior year. VCU has also made progress opening access to their parking decks to be available for students & faculty who do not live on campus.

The FDA Parking Committee recommended, and the FDA Board approved, the implementation of a pilot program on March 1, 2013 to expand restrictions for non-permit holders on West Avenue and Boyd and Birch Streets. Petitions were submitted by residents on Park Avenue and other adjoining blocks to expand the pilot program, however, a significant number of FDA members expressed opposition to the proposed expansion, so the initial proposal was implemented without the expansion.

Preliminary data collected by members of the Parking Committee and the City Department of Public Works indicate that the volume of non-permit cars parking in the pilot area and adjoining blocks has declined during the spring semester at VCU. That was the primary objective and at least so far, we have seen a positive impact in spaces available to permit holders in the pilot area.

A major concern going into the pilot program, was an expected shift of cars to blocks adjacent to the pilot area; however, preliminary data and observations from residents indicate that this shift has not materialized. Consequently, the Parking Committee recommended, and the FDA Board approved, an extension of the pilot parking restrictions through the end of the year, so the City can collect and analyze additional parking data during the fall semester, 2013.

Please read the attached notice for details of the proposed change. Stay tuned to FanFare and the FDA website for more details once they become available. And please feel free to e-mail any questions or comments to parking@fandistrict.org

The FDA Parking Committee is continuing to seek input from FDA members regarding potentially unnecessary or outdated no-parking zones. If you would like the City to consider changing signage for existing restrictions (i.e. outdated Loading Zones, Handicapped Parking zones that are no longer needed), please send your suggestions to parking@Fandistrict.com with specific information why a change in signage should be considered to increase available parking spaces.

Lastly, the Parking Committee received a proposal to change Park Avenue to one-way from Harrison to Lombardy Park as a possible strategy to add an additional 25-35 parking spaces by allowing parking on both sides of Park Avenue on several blocks. The Parking Committee decided to conduct further study of this proposal and to seek input from residents and businesses later in the year, after there has been sufficient time to evaluate the current pilot program. We also welcome other suggestions that should be considered to improve availability of parking in the Fan.

Thanks for your input,

The FDA Parking Committee

Thanks for your input,

The FDA Parking Committee