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Emily made many brilliant points. The basic one is that the RPP system is broken and not very nuanced. And that the system focuses on immediate residents of a particular area, at the exclusion of all other stakeholders, including residents of other parts of the city, but also other organizations located in a city.

2. She wasn't talking about houses of worships, but again, my point about churches is to require transportation management plans. I do think that "special" treatment of churches for parking would probably meet a constitutional test, looking at the institution in terms of an approved zoning use that happens to be religious. RLUIPA would probably apply. (I also argued in a long piece on a variety of parking issues not covered in the planning think tank process, that group home staff could probably make an ADA claim that they should be eligible for permits.)

And the process is problematic because ANCs are not set up to be fair, only represent residents, may make decisions without adequate notice requirements and outreach (like what at the meeting was described as what happened in Logan Circle).

3. My point isn't that the system just privileges residents. It privileges car owners. At the exclusion of all other classes, including resident _car users_, like me, a member of Car2Go and Zipcar. As a member of those services, I pay far more for access to space on the street than does an RPP permit holder. I resent it.

4. And no, at $35/year, the price of an RPP is so low as to be nonexistant, as Angelo Rao said 9.6 cents/day. Or as I said, squat.

5. I have looked at the pricing scheme for such permits across the country. ($365 would be one of the highest in North America.)

Toronto has three prices: $14/$34/$48 per month plus taxes, depending on various criteria.

SF charges $102/year.

Savannah charges nothing for the first permit, and $175 for each additional permit.

Vancouver has three different prices, depending on the demand in the particular neighborhood, but they are still low, $38, $56, $76 + tax.

Shoup argues that the typical space is worth $1800/year.

SF also allows businesses located within an RPP zone to purchase a permit, and 3 additional permits to be used by delivery and other visitors.

by Richard Layman on Dec 5, 2012 6:45 pm • linkreport

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