April 2, 2018 – Residents have one more opportunity to weigh in on a proposed pilot program intended to test concepts for improving Oak Park’s myriad of parking rules and regulations.
The Transportation Commission, citizen volunteers tasked with managing the parking pilot program process, have posted the latest proposal online at www.oak-park.us/parkingpilot and will accept comments until noon April 23, either via the web page or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission is scheduled to hold a final discussion at its regular meeting set for 7 p.m., Mon., April 23, in Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and then ask the Village Board to consider its recommendations for implementation.
The meeting marks the culmination of a process that has included public meetings, a community forum and comments gathered online and via email. The Transportation Commission has worked with Village staff and representatives from municipal parking strategy consultant Dixon Resources Unlimited to distill research findings and public input into the final recommendations the Village Board will be asked to consider.
The proposed pilot area is from Harlem Avenue east to Oak Park Avenue and South Boulevard south to Harrison Street. Officials say this area was chosen because it contains virtually every parking challenge in Oak Park with single-family and multi-family residences overlapping with commuter and business parking.
Stakeholders from beyond the pilot area have been encouraged to participate in the planning process, since public feedback is an important factor in determining if the changes tested in the pilot program should be implemented in other parts of the Village.
Changes under consideration would affect most current parking regulations, including those that govern overnight on-street permit parking restrictions, on-street daytime restrictions, temporary overnight and daytime guest parking passes, commuter parking, employee and customer parking, meters and lots, off-street permit lot parking, and snow, leaf and street cleaning restrictions.
A comprehensive, Village-wide study of parking has been underway since last summer. This review led to the concept of a pilot program to test specific ideas. Information on the broader parking study is posted at www.oak-park.us/whatdoyouthink.
If approved by the Village Board, the pilot program is expected to run for nine months. Data gathered during the pilot may then be used to help guide decisions about broader geographic implementation, officials say.
For more information on parking in Oak Park visit www.oak-park.us/parking.