As of late Friday afternoon, the lawsuit brought by two residents of Holly Street against the City alleging improprieties in how the Council changed the parking regulations in the Holly Street corridor was dismissed. In lay terms, the court found no basis to proceed with holding a trial. Even if the facts were as alleged by the plaintiffs — something which the City has and would have disputed — there was no violation of law.
This is a win for our community, in that it eliminates a drain on City finances which can be put to better use.
But it’s also a win for our neighbors who live in the corridor.
Because now the Council can resume discussions which were interrupted by the lawsuit. While changing the no parking rules in the corridor benefited the community as a whole, it also adversely impacted the lives of corridor residents. What can we do to reduce that impact? I’ve asked Mayor Collins and City Manager Jeff Maltbie to put those discussions back on the agenda ASAP.
Various ideas have been suggested, including:
- buying a couple of homes in the corridor and creating resident-only parking lots;
- giving homeowners grants to pay for widening their driveway approaches, to make it easier to enter and exit;
- having the City pay for backyard garbage service, so corridor residents don’t have to put trash bins on the sidewalk (where, unfortunately, some pedestrians push them into the street);
- giving homeowners grants to create parking pads on their property and relaxing the zoning rules covering on-site parking for residential properties in the corridor;
- study whether or not truck and bus traffic can be banned or restricted in the corridor;
- simplifying or automating parking permit issuance for deliveries, construction and maintenance vehicles in the corridor; and,
- studying reducing the corridor speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH.
If you have any other ideas I’d be interested in hearing them.
Note: Ricardo Martinez, who commented on this post, is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.