County to Rescind Arlington Mill/Forest Glen Permit Parking Restricti

Published on January 26, 2019

  • Board  cites failure to achieve RPP program's desired intent

  • Restrictions on some Arlington Mill/Forest Glen streets to end Feb. 1

The Arlington County Board today approved a resolution directing the County Manager to rescind Residential Permit Parking (RPP) restrictions for some streets in the Arlington Mill/Forest Glen neighborhood.

The Board found that the decision  made in 2016 to impose the restrictions has not achieved the County's Residential Permit Parking program's original intent and  design, and placed an undue burden on neighbors.

"The Board acted today to remove restrictions that failed to balance access to parking in the area," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. "Residents have faced great difficulty finding parking while restricted streets, generally, have ample supply. Moreover, it became apparent that the restrictions were put in place through a process that did not match standard practice."

The Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution directing the County Manager lift the parking restrictions in Zone 24, effective Feb. 1. The County will process refunds for any affected households who have paid for 2018-2019 RPP permit materials.

Restrictions will be lifted on 6th Place South; 7th Street South; 7th Road South; South Florida Street; South Jefferson Street; South Illinois Street; South Harrison Street (north of 7th Street South), and South Greenbrier Street in the Forest Glen and Arlington Mill neighborhoods.

A few streets in the neighborhood have RPP restrictions that date to 2012 and as far back as the early 1980s. These older restrictions will remain in place.

To read the staff report and the Board's resolution, scroll to Item No. 32 on the agenda for the Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.

RPP program review continues

Acknowledging that the Board's decision came as the County is observing a moratorium on new RPP zones as it reviews the entire RPP program,  Dorsey explained that the Board "was simply unwilling to allow restrictions to the public right of way to continue in light of the fundamental discrepancies in establishing the eligibility of these streets for the RPP program."

The County explored interim solutions for the neighborhood pending the outcome of the RPP program review, Dorsey said, but could not find a way to balance the concerns of Forest Glen residents who wanted parking restrictions to remain, and those of Arlington Mill residents, who have found it difficult to find curbside parking in their neighborhood as the result of the parking restrictions. The Board's decision will not preclude residents in the area from applying again for RPP restrictions, once the RPP moratorium is lifted.

About the RPP program

Arlington has 24 parking zones in residential neighborhoods adjacent to major corridors or traffic generators. Only neighborhood residents with County-issued permits and passes, and their visitors, may park during restricted parking hours on streets with permit parking. Drivers without a Vehicle-Specific Permit, FlexPass or a Short-Term Visitor Pass risk ticketing and towing.

At an August 2017 work session, the Board endorsed the County Manager's plan to revisit the purpose and function of the program for the first time since 2005, and suspended the process for establishing, removing or modifying existing zoned permit parking for the duration of the review. The review is expected to be completed in 2020.