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Tickets flying for parking violations

By master · March 7th, 2009 · 16 Comments

A few days after SDOT rolled out new parking restrictions for Fremont, parking enforcement officers are starting to make the rounds, handing out tickets.

“I saw a parking enforcement officer on 35th and Troll dolling out zillions of tickets,” wrote Fremont Universe reader Brooke. Adds Randy, “It looks like everybody parked on the south side of 36th Street got a ticket last night for parking without a permit in an RPZ. This despite the fact that no RPZ signs have been put up yet (at least as of this morning), and no instructions for how to get a permit have been sent to those of us who live on the street, as far as I can tell.” Please let us know of any other parking issues in comments below…

Update: You can download the RPZ packet and application right here.

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 brent // Mar 7, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Got my notice and form letter in the mail way back in January. Turned it in and got my sticker in February. RPZ signs went up on my street beginning of March. It was not a very complicated process at all, to be honest.

  • 2 Randy // Mar 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Yes, but it would appear that most people on the two blocks around where I live didn’t get the notice. That’s why everybody got a ticket and nobody is parked on the south side of the street right now. Also the RPZ signs didn’t go up here until yesterday, after the tickets had already been given.

  • 3 Chris // Mar 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Randy, that obviously sounds like a screwup. It will be a pain to deal with, but the powers that be will probably waive those tickets given the lack of notice or signs on your block.

    On evanston, just up the hill from the statue of old Vladimir, we received notices, got our stickers, and the signs are in place. I’ve really noticed that is it a *lot* easier to park except at night when we still get folks parking for the bars down the hill. At least I assume the hummer parked last night, half on the curb and encroaching on a driveway, was someone at the bars… I didn’t notice if there were any tickets handed out on our street last night.

  • 4 mike // Mar 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    we’ve yet to see any tix on evanston. but the meter maids have definitely been patrolling the industrial area like crazy.

    nothing like back door taxes to keep nickels et al happy…

  • 5 Chris // Mar 7, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    well the hummer must be local because it is back in the exact same place tonight, but this time fully on the street instead of the curb. Still no tickets on the street as far as I can tell so maybe everyone has a sticker or the parking folks haven’t been around.

  • 6 Harmony // Mar 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I’m on Francis Ave., just moved in on February 1. Supposedly that sent out the RPZ applications in January. I had no idea that the changes were being made…or what exactly the restrictions would be and when they would apply. Both my boyfriend and I have been parking on the street for the past month and a half without any repercussion. Magically, overnight, signs appeared and we had two tickets to greet us (pleasant thing to wake up to). You would think there would be a grace period with warning notes rather than tickets. Disappointed.

  • 7 Seattlite // Mar 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    The zoning stops one block below our street….. used to be we had tons of parking, but now we have the overflow from people trying to avoid zone 27. You just can’t win!

  • 8 Theresa // Mar 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    We got our notice bank in January and got our RPZ permits in February. It wasn’t too clear as to when the signs were going up.. And laughably, they’ve put up signs on the east side of Linden btwn 36th and 38th. Too bad you can’t park there anyway!

    People on my block sent in comments which the SDOT person said sounded reasonable. I was disappointed that they didn’t include our recommendations. I guess I’m not too surprised.

  • 9 Sheila // Mar 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I finally found a parking space without circling the block a few times. I’m loving the parking meters!

  • 10 Brooke // Mar 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I can’t believe how many parking spaces are available now! Now I don’t worry about being able to find a spot when I come home. Although, this whole parking permit issue still leaves me with an uneasy feeling. Is this the right way to go about it? Who knows. I just hope the powers that be will use the money wisely.

  • 11 kim // Mar 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    they need to come back to ballard

  • 12 SDH // Mar 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I live out with (but next to) the RPZ and altho I have a space with my apt, my boyfriend now can't get parked anywhere because all the regular spaces are totally full of people who I guess are avoiding paying for a residential pass. It's a total nightmare. Hopefully the problem will subside as more people get their passes… but I suspect it's now just going to be a real problem for us if we have guests.

  • 13 Chris Smith // Mar 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Please to anyone who cares about what he City is dong not only in Fremont but the City at large. I was on the RPZ board and there was only one person who wanted this and he has left the neighborhood. The decision was left for a vote by a needed 60% approval by the residents of the RPZ zone. That was the decision of the RPZ board and the City. The City as voided the vote as un-necessary and as we now see has put in the RPZ without the approved necessary vote.
    This is just one of many projects where the City has not only lied to the people and board members but has abused its powers over the people and taxpayers of Seattle.
    Please if you agree not only with what has happen in Fremont but the abuse of power in the City at large call S-Dot and let your views be known.
    Thank you

  • 14 Shawn M. // Mar 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    You can get guest passes to allow your guests to park in the RPZ; I think you're limited to two per household. Not a perfect solution, but it's something. Parking is always a hot-button issue, and there's rarely a middle ground; you either support it or you hate it. That said, I feel compelled to defend the RPZ a little. More than a year ago, SDOT came to the Fremont Neighborhood Council with their parking plan for Fremont and it was clear that paid parking was coming to the business district. No neighborhood has successfully challenged the imposition of the city's fee parking plans, and despite the howls of protest from the Fremont Chamber it was clear that Fremont wouldn't be any different. What was possible, however, was to make sure that the needs of the residents of Fremont were taken into consideration. It should be obvious that the advent of paid parking in Fremont WITHOUT an RPZ would be a disaster for residents. Fee parking in the business district would drive traffic into the adjacent residential area in an attempt to avoid parking fees. As bad as parking is for residents, without the RPZ to provide some protection it would be impossible. SDOT was sensitive to this and worked closely with the Fremont Neighborhood Council to try to address residents concerns as much as possible, and in fact the parking plan went through several revisions in response to neighborhood feedback. So, while it is true that SDOT waived the petition requirement for the RPZ, it is simply not true that the City “lied to the people” nor that the RPZ was the work of one person. Rather than venting bile at some public employee, I'd suggest getting involved with your neighborhood to effect positive change in it on a regular basis and to have a voice in issues you feel strongly about. The Fremont Neighborhood Council would welcome your participation. The Annual General Meeting is in April at the Fremont Baptist Church.

  • 15 lolly // Mar 26, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I'm fortunate to have off street parking included at my apartment building in the RPZ but I’ve noticed the apartment building next door now has two, sometimes three cars lined up end to end in a single parking space, with the same thing in the five or six spots next to each other.

    While it doesn’t bother me at all the garbage trucks are having a way more difficult time maneuvering in what used to be a clear laneway. It also occurred to me – what happens in an emergency? A fire truck three car lengths away from the building instead of right in front. Kind of a scary thought. I guess this is what happens when ask people to pay for what they’d become accustomed to getting for free.

  • 16 Church Sunday School Teacher // Apr 23, 2009 at 5:22 am

    It sounds like a foreign language to me. RPZ?

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