The last major swath of Capitol Hill where curbsides are not protected for area residents with a “restricted parking zone” is coming into the the City of Seattle’s fold.
RPZ 32 will be rolled out by mid-2017 covering the blocks between Belmont and E Olive Way below Broadway to the edges of the I-5 Shores. The Seattle Department of Transportation announced the decision earlier this month following a public feedback process this fall:
Zone 32 signs will be installed on the green blocks in mid-2017. Residents in the gray area will receive a letter with instructions for obtaining a Zone 32 permit. The pink blocks will move from Zone 15 to Zone 32. Residents on these blocks will receive further communication about this change.
All residents within the gray area will be eligible for Zone 32 permits and guest permits
Permits are currently $65 per vehicle for a two-year cycle (discounted permits are available for income eligible households)
Zone 32 signs will limit parking for vehicles without Zone 32 permits to 2 hours Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Zone 32 signs will not be installed adjacent to commercial properties or ground floor retail
Meanwhile, SDOT has backed off a plan to change the rules for RPZ 15 to the north of the new zone to drop non-permitted street parking limits from the existing four-hour restrictions to a more limiting two-hour allowance. SDOT attributed the decision to “resident feedback.”
In May, SDOT finalized the expansion of RPZ 2 inspired by a resident’s request to make more street parking available for people who live in the area around the super green Bullitt Centeroffice building and the Seattle Academy school. At the time, officials said areas around Summit Ave and an area near St. Mark’s were also being considered for expansion.
SDOT positioned these latest changes as part of an assessment of the area with Sound Transit looking at commuter patterns in the area with the opening of Capitol Hill Station in March but the RPZ 32 blocks also represent the last area in central Capitol Hill not under the parking program’s framework.
A typical residential RPZ permit costs $65 and are good for “a 2-year cycle.” Guest permits cost $30. Here’s where you can look up RPZ information by address. The program has been reviewed and modified over the years and zones are sometimes added or extended. Large expansions are required to go through a public comment process. SDOT does not change rates to generate new revenue,” the announcement reads.
“RPZs are intended to improve parking access for residents, while balancing the needs of others to use the public right of way,” SDOT said earlier as it announced the proposed changes. “RPZs help neighborhoods deal with parking congestion from traffic generators through signed time limits from which vehicles displaying a valid RPZ permit are exempt.”
Now that big hole between I-5, RPZ 15, RPZ 4, and RPZ 21 will be filled in.