Cincinnati changes parking policy

October 8, 2018 by  

The Cincinnati City Council recently passed two significant changes to core neighborhood parking policies: developing parking permits for residents of OTR; and eliminating the requirement for developers to provide parking spaces in downtown developments.

The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is becoming one of the busiest in the city, and parking is difficult for both residents and those who work there. The revised permit plan would give the city permission to sell parking permits for residents of OTR who live south of Liberty Street. They would pay $60 annually, less than half of the price of $150 that was first proposed. Those who live in subsidized housing would be able to buy a permit for $25 annually.

It is estimated that starting the program would cost approximately $180,000, and $75,000 annually to administer. These costs would be paid for by the fees the permits generate.

There are 1,290 parking spaces in the OTR neighborhood, and 500 would be changed into spots that need permits to park. The city argues the change is necessary due to the neighborhood’s increasing popularity. Administrators in situations like this can use flyer printing to keep residents informed.

Patrick Duhaney, the acting city manager, said Cincinnati has been working since 2003 to revitalize the OTR area, and its efforts have paid off, as new businesses, residents, and amenities have moved in. However, the influx has led to parking problems, which is the reason for issuing permits.