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Cranston Mulling Overnight Parking Permits for Residents

The City Council is discussing whether to let residents pay $100 to park on the street overnight in a pilot program.

For years, Cranston has been known as one city where parking your car on the street overnight is a bad idea.

For one, it violates city ordinance. And it could get you a parking ticket.

That could all change.

The City Council is mulling a measure that would create a residential overnight parking program and let people park on the street after paying the city $100 for one year.

The Ordinance Committee will discuss the proposed changes to city ordinance tonight. 

According to the proposal, residents may obtain a one-year residential parking permit for a $100 fee. The permit would require proof of residency as well as proof that their vehicle is registered in the state of Rhode Island. All previous parking tickets must be paid and the vehicle's taxes must be up to date.

Commercial vehicles and cars belonging to college students living in dorms or on a university campus would not be eligible for the permit. Also ineligible would be people who live in apartment complexes with more than five units, including condominiums.

The permits would be limited to two per address.

Current city laws prohibit parking on any street for more than two hours between 1 and 7 a.m.

The ordinance's sponsor is Councilman Steve Stycos. 

Some residents love the overnight parking restriction. They say it limits noise, neighborhood blight and keeps roads clear and safe. 

But many residents struggle with the parking restrictions, especially families with multiple cars and not much space in the driveway. Some resort to parking on their lawns or other measures to avoid being ticketed.

What do you think of the proposed ordinance?

John August 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Bad idea - leads to overpopulation and the tendency to cram 8 college students into a 2-bedroom apartment. Parking bans control this pretty well as it is. Also, where do all these extra cars go in the winter when it's time to plow? On the snow-covered lawn? It is not worth it, especially when the cost won't even cover program administration costs. Bad idea all the way around!
Sugar August 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think this is a great idea. I would gladly pay the $100.00 for a permit. It beats paying the $50.00 fine if you get caught parking on the street!! College students would not be eliglble for the permits. And of course when there is a parking ban, noone is allowed to park on the streets. I fully support this.
Jim August 16, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I basically agree with John. Although they say that college students would not be allowed a pass, the rest of his issues are very good points. My street has 1 hour parking signs that were put up for some reason about 15 years ago. They have never been enforced to my knowledge, would they become even more useless with this new ordinance? And what if a neighbor decides to park in front of my house for days, weeks or months at a time, will I have any recourse?
Don Botts August 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This ordinance should be struck down for a number of reasons. One, a new tax. Homeowners already pay property taxes and car owners already pay motor vehicle excise taxes. Now we would be asked to pay an additional tax for the privilege of parking on the street for 6 hours during the night. This is called death by 1000 paper cuts. Two, cars parking on the street pose a problem for emergency vehicles being able to negotiate a road that is narrow. Are vehicles going to be allowed to park on the street on both sides, creating a small one lane passage? Three, same goes for winter plowing. If there are problems now with parking bans during snow storms, what happens when it is actually legal to overnight park on streets. Having attended school committee and city council meetings, Councilman Stycos always sees fit to charge for parking. Whether it is students at the high schools, parking meters in front of City Hall, and now overnight parking, it is obvious Councilman Stycos thinks we all have a little extra change in our pockets waiting to go into the city coffers.
Chris12 August 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Bad idea. Keep the streets free of parked cars at night. Drive around some of the cities that have overnight parking. What a mess in bad weather. Ask the plow drivers
mcam August 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM
It's bad enough during the day my neighbors park in front of my house and leave the front of their house and driveway, free and clear for their company. I really do not need them paying $100.00 per year to park their car in front of my house all night. If we have a bad winter, the plow will by pass my house because their car is outside of my home. Cranston is sliding to it's all time low, starting look and act like Providence.
Joe Jones August 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM
What else can they do to whack the residents? LOL Cranston is becoming a JOKE! Are we becoming desperate for money? Geezzzz With the recent rashes of home invasions,break in's, the rat problem in many areas, it appears we are becoming a mini Providence. Tax payers $$$$$$ come November CLEAN house PLEASE.
Chuck Nevola August 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Message to the mayor and my Council at-Large members: don't do it.
Anasta Mosis August 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Please do not allow permits for overnight parking! Especially if people are not limited to parking on the street in front of their own houses. During the day, my neighbors see fit to park their cars in front of my walkway and not in front of theirs. When I turn my sprinkler on and get their car wet, they are upset. My lawn guy can't mow close enough to the curb. A woman who lived 3 houses up used to park her car in the summer under our tree in front of our house all day! We were left with oil stains and having to look at her car all day. She finally got the message when we got up at 5am and put our own cars there for a week. Then she started parking under someone else's tree! Since the street if public I have no right to complain - so sad people don't have a sense for the right thing to do. Also,if someone were to park around my house at night I would feel threatened. It would be harder to know who belongs and who doesn't. Please don't let Cranston become unlivable and uncomfortable.
Mel August 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
They should allow parking in front of the home of the property for the residents. There should be no fee as it costs residents enough to live in the city that is slowly deteroiitng quickly. The cars should have stickers on it with the address of where they live so that would eliminate parking in front of someone elses house. As for bad weather,,we all figure it out with or without street parking. The lots in Cranston are so small and dont have enough room on property to park usually for a family of four that all drive. Allow it,,dont charge,,you charge enough to live in Cranston.
mcam August 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Do you really a police officer has time to match stickers with addresses in the dark no doubt!! I doubt it!!! This will allow all the nervy, low life scumb bags to park in front of your house and mine, People just do not care anymore and they think they own everything. I like the parking ban!!! It leaves the streets free and clear for bad weather and rescue vechiles. Have Mr. Stycos open up his driveway, or the front of his house on his street, not mine please.
Chris12 August 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
If you don't know if overnight parking is a good idea or a bad idea drive around some the cities that allow it. Call some of the public officials in cities that allow it. Believe me if they had a choice they would end it tomorrow. Don't be afraid to ask them why.
RIRider August 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The emergency vehicle issue isn't really valid since they have to negotiate the same streets during the day. As far as snow and plowing are concerned, I can't remember the last time there was a snow storm without a parking ban. Also you're implying that they will actually plow the side streets that we're talking about.
PoppyDeb August 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Totally agree, no overnight parking!!
Joe Jones August 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Come November keep a couple of the good "politicians" and clean house. Do this across the board, Federal State City Wide...then the White House...OUT
Paula Stamp August 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Do not want overnight parking allowed. Will be impossibly crowded.
LS August 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Don Botts - you were recently campaigning at my home & I would like to offer my opinion as a property, sewer, & motor vehicle tax payer of Cranston. While I agree that residents should not be charged to park on the street after paying all the previously mentioned taxes, I find it frustrating that I can not have an overnight guest from out of town due to the fact that my husband & I each have a car and we only have 2 parking spots. Our small corner lot is surrounded by a retaining wall, so parking on the grass is not an option for us. Our location near a school means that cars are parked on the street all day long during the school year, making it difficult for emergency vehicles (and residents) during the day anyway. Overnight parking limited to one side of the street only may be a viable option for the residents of Cranston.
john moon October 18, 2012 at 09:36 PM
We pay enough in taxes now u want us to pay to park in front of our own homes just another way to extract another dollar from our citizens its bad enough u raised the fine from 15,00 dollars to 50,00 dollars why not look for ways to lower taxes fees and other expenses' help the taxpayers ????

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