Much of Oak Park was developed in the early 20th century long before the numbers of vehicles reached today’s levels. In the decades since, parking has become a scarce resource in the Village, officials say, particularly in neighborhoods near the Village’s business districts and multifamily housing.
In order to balance need with supply, available spaces have been managed through parking regulations put in place over time, typically driven by residents petitioning the Transportation Commission in what became a near block-by-block approach. The result of this approach is a complicated web of rules spelled out in 120 parking ordinances and communicated on more than 10,000 signs throughout the Village.
Earlier this year the Village Board began reviewing ways to streamline the wide array of parking rules and regulations by gathering public input on various parking topics during a series of special meetings, community forums and online comments.
These meetings, forums and comments led to the pilot project proposals presented at the form held at Brooks Middle School.
For more information about parking in Oak Park, visit www.oak-park.us/parking.