It's decision time Wednesday for a permit-parking proposal in the Oread neighborhood.
More than five years of work toward a permit-parking proposal for the Oread neighborhood will come down to a vote Wednesday night.
Neighborhood residents must decide whether to ask Lawrence city commissioners to impose permit-parking restrictions in the neighborhood, northeast of Kansas University.
The neighborhood vote will come during an Oread Neighborhood Assn. meeting, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at 946 Ohio.
"This is it," said Jennifer K. Brown, the neighborhood association's coordinator.
The idea behind the proposed plan, Brown said, is to help prevent non-residents from parking on neighborhood streets during weekday mornings. Parking permits would be available only to residents and their guests.
Residents have complained for years that students and employees at Kansas University have taken up spaces in front of people's homes, leaving convenient parking spaces -- sometimes any parking spaces -- unavailable, she said.
Members of the neighborhood association developed a plan after several neighborhood meetings during the past year. Because the organization has not had a membership drive in several months, Brown said she was unsure how many people belong to the association. Any resident who pays the $1 annual dues can vote at Wednesday's meeting.
Here is the proposed plan:
- Permits would be required in an area bordered by Ninth and 14th streets, and Maine and Tennessee streets. Wednesday's vote will include two options for time restrictions: from 7 a.m. until either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
- Permits would cost $10 each and be available for each car belonging to an area resident. Each permit holder would be allowed one visitor permit.
- Parking fines would range from $10 to $100. Repeat violators would be towed.
- Permits would be in effect from Sept. 1 through Aug. 15, with an exemption for moving trucks, vans and other residential transit vehicles.
- Any other areas requesting permit parking could initiate the process with a petition representing owners of at least 60 percent of the property on each block..