Since April, the committee has been drilling down on the parking concerns in our neighborhood and has developed four specific problem statements to address:
- Visitor Parking Program: Residents have difficulty securing parking privileges for recurring visitors, such as home health aides, contractors, and nannies.
- Residential Parking Issues: Residents have difficulty finding parking within a reasonable distance of their homes.
- Under Utilized Parking: There are parking spaces, both public and private, in our neighborhood that are underutilized. This could be due to a lack of awareness of private parking options, unnecessary restrictions in place, or poor utilization of multi-use parking, among other reasons.
- Business Patrons: Businesses often have difficulty guaranteeing parking availability for their patrons.
We have also begun to brainstorm options to alleviate these concerns and will present that list to DDOT on Wednesday. We'll discuss the parking landscape in the city, find out where the next decision points are, and the feasibility of each of our proposed options.
Separately, I've begun a conversation with commissioners from other Ward 2 ANCs and Jack Evans' office on how changes to parking policies in Dupont could impact their neighborhoods positively and negatively. A ward-wide and city-wide solution is the goal, but we shouldn't hesitate to pilot test innovative parking policies in Dupont.
Our next step is to host a special forum on parking so that we can present feasible options to the community and gather further input. We hope to recommend policy changes to DDOT as soon as October. I hope you can join us on the 6th and stay tuned for more information on the parking forum in the early fall.
The ANC's Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee meets directly after at 8:00pm at the 6th. One item of note is a small rear addition to 1459 S St NW in ANC 2B09.