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Philadelphia Council Committee OKs Changes To Resident Parking Petition Rules

(Rick Dickson of the Philadelphia Parking Authority testifies before the Streets Committee of City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

(Rick Dickson of the Philadelphia Parking Authority testifies before the Streets Committee of City Council. Image from City of Phila. TV)

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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council today took a step toward changing the rules under which neighbors can get their block designated as a “resident permit” parking zone.

The changes are aimed at easing neighbor-versus-neighbor squabbles.

Rick Dickson of the Philadelphia Parking Authority says permit parking is sometimes welcomed by residents, sometimes not — and sometimes it becomes a battleground.

“This is a very important program to address quality-of-life issues in neighborhoods,” he testified today.  “It should not be used as a tool to create controversy between neighbors going back and forth in attempting to make this change happen.”

Permit parking on a block means that residents with a permit on their car can park for unlimited hours, but others must adhere to what is usually a two-hour time limit.

Dickson spoke in support of Councilman Mark Squilla’s measure that changes the percentage of residents of a block needed to add or remove permit parking, from 51 percent to 60 percent.

Squilla believes the need for a broader consensus within a block should reduce the likelihood of a near split prompting a mini-civil war.

The measure was approved by the Streets Committee and sent to the full Council for a vote later this month.

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