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UO Permitted Parking: Synopsis and Update

posted Dec 9, 2015, 8:06 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 6:24 AM ]

The Program

The city of Houston has a  program that establishes parking permit areas in residential neighborhoods with documented parking problems due to "spill over" parking from nearby nonresidential activity centers (such as the University of Houston). University Oaks qualifies for this program due to our proximity to the University of Houston.

 Information about this program and forms can be found at http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/res-faq.html

History

In about 2010, the streets with the largest parking problem were Varsity, Harvest, University Oaks, Rockwood and Fiesta.  Three residents (non-UOCC Board Members at the time) inquired about the program and began informing residents and collecting the signatures on the provided petition (evidence of resident support). A parking survey, conducted after the survey was submitted, indicated that 60% of the on-street parking spaces are occupied and that 25% or more of those on-street parking spaces are used by non-resident vehicles.  Therefore the five streets qualified for permitted parking. This entire process took about 6 months.

Why wasn’t permitted parking requested for all the streets in UO at that time?  When the five longest streets were available for parking, there were not many vehicles parking on Faculty and Graduate Circle (North MacGregor does not allow for on-street parking).  Therefore, the survey would not have found need on Faculty and Graduate Circle in 2010.  As time passed and the permitted parking program became effective, the parking problem was "pushed' to Faculty and Graduate Circle.  The residents of those streets then became interested in this program for their streets.  In 2013, a petition to establish permitted parking for Graduate Circle and Faculty was completed.  Unfortunately, when the survey was done, the two streets did not meet the threshold of 60% of the on-street parking being occupied.

Current Need

Many residents have suggested that it is time to try again.  With the VUE II opening soon, parking is likely to get worse.  The process will need to be started from the first step--the petition.  It is not necessary for the Civic Club to initiate this process.  In fact, as the three residents who gathered petitions on the first five streets found out, this can best be done by residents of the street(s) who know their neighbors and can communicate the need for this program effectively.  The UO Civic Club will pay the fees from our treasury and are available to give advice on items such as the timing of the survey (obviously, our summer months do not have the biggest parking problems), what days and times to request, etc.  Also two separate applications, one per street, may be best.  As we found out for the first five streets, the program "pushed" vehicles to park on the next, closest-to-UH, available street, with that next street now being able to pass the occupancy survey.

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UOCC Admin,
Dec 9, 2015, 8:06 AM
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