Parking and Maintenance

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). 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) with an analysis and recommendations. During a public meeting, 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. The Resolution will identify the district boundaries and the rules governing the permit program in the district. “Permit Parking Only” signs will be installed and residents may apply for parking permits at the Department of Public Works in City Hall.

Advantages of a PPD

A PPD limits parking by non-residents. PPDs may be helpful in neighborhoods near parks or schools that attract a number of visitors 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

PPDs result in some inconvenience to residents and their guests. Vehicles not displaying valid permits are subject to citation. Applications for annual resident and guest permits must be submitted to City Hall during business hours and they require proof of residency. 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. Some residents may find the installations of “No Parking” signs to be a visual nuisance and obstruction in the sidewalk or parkway in front of their properties. 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. The implementation and maintenance of a PPD costs the City thousands of dollars that could otherwise be used for different public services or for maintenance of public facilities. Finally, the PPD limits the availability of nearby on-street parking for popular local destinations that are used by other Whittier residents as well as by visitors from outside the area.

Ordinance No. 2997 - Establishing a Preferential Parking Program
Resolution No. 8524 - Establishing Preferential Parking District No. 1 (Rose Drive)
Agenda Report - February, 26, 2013 - Preferential Permit Parking Program