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Preferential Parking Districts
FAST FACTS ABOUT
PREFERENTIAL PARKING DISTRICTS
The City’s Preferential Parking District (PPD) program provides a way for Whittier residents (and businesses) to petition the City for permitted parking in their neighborhood. When a PPD is established, on-street parking is prohibited except for those vehicles displaying a valid City-issued permit (with some exceptions like emergency vehicles, utility maintenance vehicles, delivery vehicles). “Permit Parking Only” signs will be installed and residents may apply for parking permits at the Department of Public Works in City Hall. Residents interested in establishing a PPD should review the relevant documents posted below and then contact the Whittier Public Works Department for instructions on how to proceed.
Advantages of a PPD
Residents interested in establishing a PPD should review the relevant documents posted on the City’s web site and then contact the Whittier Public Works Department for instructions on how to proceed.
How the PPD Program Works
Neighbors gather signatures on a petition requesting the establishment of a PPD and submit it to the Public Works Department. City staff will review the petition and prepare a report to the Parking and Transportation Commission (PTC). The PTC will then make a determination which may include a recommendation to the City Council to establish a new preferential parking district. To establish a preferential parking district, the City Council must adopt a resolution in conformance with the requirements of Section 10.18 of the Whittier Municipal Code (Ordinances 2997 and 2999 are linked below). The Resolution will identify the district boundaries and the rules governing the permit program in the district.
PPDs may be helpful in neighborhoods near parks or schools that attract a number of visitors on a frequent basis who park on the street in front of neighboring properties, thus limiting the available parking for residents. In some cases, a PPD can also reduce noise, littering, and other nuisances associated with large numbers of visitors to a nearby school, park, or other public facility.
Disadvantages of a PPD
Vehicles not displaying valid permits are subject to citation. Replacement of lost permits requires payment of a fee. Additional guest permits must be obtained in advance from City Hall. Having a permit allows but does not guarantee an on-street parking space. Limiting parking on one street may cause public parking and related nuisances to spill over onto nearby streets that did not previously experience any problems.
Ordinance No. 2997 - Establishing a Preferential Parking Program
Ordinance No. 2999 - Amending Chapter 10.18 of the Whittier Municipal Code, Title 10
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