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Cranston Mulling Overnight Parking Permits for Residents

The City Council is discussing whether to let residents pay $100 to park on the street overnight in a pilot program.

For years, Cranston has been known as one city where parking your car on the street overnight is a bad idea.

For one, it violates city ordinance. And it could get you a parking ticket.

That could all change.

The City Council is mulling a measure that would create a residential overnight parking program and let people park on the street after paying the city $100 for one year.

The Ordinance Committee will discuss the proposed changes to city ordinance tonight. 

According to the proposal, residents may obtain a one-year residential parking permit for a $100 fee. The permit would require proof of residency as well as proof that their vehicle is registered in the state of Rhode Island. All previous parking tickets must be paid and the vehicle's taxes must be up to date.

Commercial vehicles and cars belonging to college students living in dorms or on a university campus would not be eligible for the permit. Also ineligible would be people who live in apartment complexes with more than five units, including condominiums.

The permits would be limited to two per address.

Current city laws prohibit parking on any street for more than two hours between 1 and 7 a.m.

The ordinance's sponsor is Councilman Steve Stycos. 

Some residents love the overnight parking restriction. They say it limits noise, neighborhood blight and keeps roads clear and safe. 

But many residents struggle with the parking restrictions, especially families with multiple cars and not much space in the driveway. Some resort to parking on their lawns or other measures to avoid being ticketed.

What do you think of the proposed ordinance?

DiziDeb August 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Totally agree, no overnight parking!!
Joe Jones August 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Come November keep a couple of the good "politicians" and clean house. Do this across the board, Federal State City Wide...then the White House...OUT
Paula Stamp August 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Do not want overnight parking allowed. Will be impossibly crowded.
LS August 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Don Botts - you were recently campaigning at my home & I would like to offer my opinion as a property, sewer, & motor vehicle tax payer of Cranston. While I agree that residents should not be charged to park on the street after paying all the previously mentioned taxes, I find it frustrating that I can not have an overnight guest from out of town due to the fact that my husband & I each have a car and we only have 2 parking spots. Our small corner lot is surrounded by a retaining wall, so parking on the grass is not an option for us. Our location near a school means that cars are parked on the street all day long during the school year, making it difficult for emergency vehicles (and residents) during the day anyway. Overnight parking limited to one side of the street only may be a viable option for the residents of Cranston.
john moon October 18, 2012 at 09:36 PM
We pay enough in taxes now u want us to pay to park in front of our own homes just another way to extract another dollar from our citizens its bad enough u raised the fine from 15,00 dollars to 50,00 dollars why not look for ways to lower taxes fees and other expenses' help the taxpayers ????

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