Discussion: Street Parking

The Engineering, Police and Public Works department are looking for feedback on the City’s street parking ordinance, as it’s been many years since it’s been revaluated. Per Chapter 26 of the City Code, no person shall park a vehicle for more than six consecutive hours on a street unless in areas designated by signs or if such persons are actively engaged in performing services. It also states from Nov. 1 to March 31, no person shall park on any street from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Should the City consider changing the six-hour time limit to a shorter limit, a longer limit or no limit at all and why?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 19 days ago

[Comment from Joel Stegner] If you keep the overnight restriction, here is what you could do. For cars found parked after 10, put a warning under the wiper. Note the location. If the warning is still there in the morning, write a ticket. If it is there, but with no warning, then no ticket.

Expecting the car to move every day is frequent enough. If you find the car and ticket still there the next day, write another ticket.

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Ryn Melberg 16 days ago

No, please keep it and do more to enforce the over night parking. I live in an older part of town with narrow streets that are reduced to one lane when someone is parked there. These restrictions are a reasonable balance.

Can we have signs posting the restrictions in the neighborhoods?

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JeanCharles Compagnon 16 days ago

Home owners should not be restricted to park in front of their home.

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Doug Haining 16 days ago

The 6 hour limit should go the way of the dinosaurs... It should be eliminated. Many families have more cars than will fit in their driveways. They should not be penalized for parking on the street. Many people have visiting guests who park on the street. Those folks should not be penalized either. Remove the restriction. Thank you.

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Paul Juhl 21 days ago

I agree. I live on an alley without a driveway so street parking is very important.

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Kyle Moldenhauer 16 days ago

While I have no issue with a parking restriction, 6 hours seems a bit short to me. An extension to an overnight time (like 8-10 hours) seems reasonable. In particular, for visiting overnight guests to residents for those who have short driveways.

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Da x 16 days ago

Home owners should not be restricted to park in front of their home, except in the winter/snow plowing season.

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Rick Treece 16 days ago

A longer limit, in days rather than hours.

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Dylan Noonan 16 days ago

I did not know about the time limit but I am very pleased to hear there is one. I would even vote to shorten the limit or even remove completely. We live near 50th and France and we constantly have cars parked in the front of our house. Maybe the city can post 6 hour parking limit signs on the streets around the shops.

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Steven Anderson 16 days ago

I completely agree that home owners should be allowed to park in front of or at least near to their homes when plowing is not necessary. Perhaps a permit that can be placed on the dash of the parked vehicle would be OK.

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Roger Scharton 16 days ago

Day parking is understandable but overnight parking should continue to be restricted. Public streets should not be view as a long term parking solution.

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Isaac Broberg at May 17, 2018 at 9:47pm CDT

Overnight is hardly a long term parking "solution". What exactly is a parking solution anyways? Do you expect out of town guests to park in the closest pay lot and take a Lyft to their friend's/family member's home?

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Roger Scharton at May 18, 2018 at 11:55am CDT

comment...Every Edina home on residential streets has off street parking. Guests should be invited to use the host's driveway. Residential streets weren't designed for continuous parking. Given the city's intent to increase resident density and the trend for rentals (i.e. Airbnb) residential parking restrictions should be retained to prevent Minneapolis type congestion.

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Tom LaForce 16 days ago

The streets are public. There shouldn't be an exemption made for the homeowner. I'm in favor of eliminating or lengthening the time restrictions.

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Don Rahe 16 days ago

I almost got towed last summer while our house was being remodeled and the driveway was occupied by a large dumpster. So, I parked my second car under a tree by my neighbor's house with his permission. I moved it one day around the corner because a new neighbor was having things delivered with a huge truck, only to see a chalked tire and a notice on the windshield that evening that less than an hour from then it was to be towed. Apparently the old retired attorney there knew the law and could have successfully done this to my car. The city told me this when I inquired that these are the current rules but that they do not enforce the time restriction or overnight rule in summer unless somebody complains.
So I returned to parking in front of my neighbor's house without incident, except that a week later some anonymous person mistook my nice car which I had just bought months earlier as some other car he claimed incorrectly in an angry note of being "parked there again like all last summer" and demanded it to be taken off the street. So, to me the current rules are not practical in summer for a neighborhood where there are seldom more than a couple cars ever parked on any block late at night and even in the height of the day. I always have known and followed the winter restrictions because they make common sense and one expects that type of rule, but neither I nor my Edina based contractor had suspected that there was an issue of parking on the street by my house with my neighbor's permission overnight. So, please allow that, maybe with some permit sticker for street parking during construction when the situation easily can allow or to park overnight or if one has house guests for a week and parking in front of one's house would helpful.

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Kaycie Bellanger 16 days ago

I feel I should be able to park infront of my house over night. As long as it does not conflict with the snow plows or maintaince there should be no issues

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Cyd P 16 days ago

I've seen policies elsewhere that give only the homeowners the right to park their cars in front of their homes... it's essentially "permit" parking for the homeowner.... during specific hours (like 4 pm - 9 am) This prevents employees or others in busy areas from long term parking their cars in front of someones home. But it does allow shoppers or park visitors some parking hours in the busy areas of town. It also allows homeowners the right to keep their vehicle parked on the street overnight or during the day. Exceptions could be made in edina for snow emergencies. Not saying this approach is needed on every street... but perhaps in the busy areas where residents are being left without parking or have concerns about park and ride issues.

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Tom Koon 16 days ago

Besides parking in front or near my home, I should be able to park near a bus stop especially stops for express buses as the city has failed to develop an adequate supply of park and rides. We are not the Edina of the 1940's with one car in a household and everyone else rode the street car or a bus, walked to school and shopped near their home. There is a constant need for construction workers to park all day and various services coming to a home owner. Further most families have a car for everyone over the age of 16 and in neighborhoods that were designed for families with one car in the 1910s and 1920s.

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James Peterson 16 days ago

comment...I think we need a two-tiered ordnance that allows overnight parking in the residential areas and perhaps shorter than 6-hours daytime parking in the business district and around the schools. I feel for people who live around the soccer/baseball fields but I don't think there should be any restrictions that limits access to the kid's sports programs. I do think there should be signs posted where necessary, whatever the limits are.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 16 days ago

I think the parking restriction should be eliminated. Residents and their guests should be able to park in front of their house whenever they want. A 6 hour time limit is ridiculously too short and there should not be such restrictions on residential streets.

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Judy Randall 15 days ago

Please remove the 6-hour parking restriction, it does not serve residents' needs. From my observations walking around our neighborhood, most residents are not aware of the restriction and appreciate the ability to park in the street. Additionally, a 6-hour parking restriction does not allow for overnight or out-of-town guests.

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Judie Erickson 15 days ago

Drop the limit. If there are areas where street parking is an issue, these should be addressed on an individual basis, not a blanket restriction throughout the whole city.

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Marc Donnelly 15 days ago

I'd decrease the limit to less then 6 hours, but allow homeowners (or homeowner guest/contractors) to park longer in front of their house.

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Eric Schuler 15 days ago

I was aware of the 6 hour parking restriction, but assumed it was never really enforced. 6 hours seems far too short. There is a long list of legitimate reasons why someone may need to leave their car parked on the street for more than 6 hours. If the goal is to avoid cars staying in one spot for days or weeks at a time why not make the limit 24 hours?

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Marie Thorpe at May 13, 2018 at 1:12am CDT

People should be able to park in front of their homes. The limit should be extended. When did the 6-hr limit originate? Seems archaic.

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Trent Luger at May 13, 2018 at 8:16pm CDT

I would not support increasing or removing the 6 hr limit. Reducing to 4 hr would be okay if it makes enforcement easier.

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Janet Conn at May 13, 2018 at 10:30pm CDT

I think the 6-hour limit should be extended to 48 hours, if not dropped altogether.

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Mary Palmer at May 14, 2018 at 5:15am CDT

I feel the 6 hour limit is too short. People should be able to park in front of their house overnight and guests should be able to park there too.

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mary everett at May 14, 2018 at 1:14pm CDT

No limit except in winter, at night, so streets can be cleaned.

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Brian Durst at May 15, 2018 at 6:42pm CDT

I think the 6 hour limit should be removed.

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Joyce Mellom at May 16, 2018 at 4:29pm CDT

I am in favor of time limits on parking cars on residential streets. Cars parked for long hours or overnight on the street are a nuisance and an eyesore. School buses, garbage trucks, etc cannot pass through and the streets cannot be swept or plowed.

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Susan McCarthy at May 17, 2018 at 5:40pm CDT

No comment on time limits, as it would not impact where I live in the Cornelia Lake area.

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Isaac Broberg at May 17, 2018 at 9:53pm CDT

I would support a limit in the business districts if there are residences nearby. Otherwise there shouldn't be any restrictions to parking on public roads. There are other ways to address any nuisance cars, most often just being a friendly neighbor solves an issue.

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Anne Kaminsen at May 19, 2018 at 2:01pm CDT

I think 6 hours is definitely too short. It makes Edina seem exceedingly unfriendly to visitors. I think it would be reasonable for cars to be moved say every three days.

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Sarah Franssen at May 22, 2018 at 10:47am CDT

Six hours seems pretty reasonable to me, but I could understand eight hours for overnight guests.

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